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Jaleel's letter poses a challenge to Kunhalikutty

R. Madhavan Nair

Funds collected by party for tsunami victims


  • IUML State panel meeting to take up issue on July 16
  • Party leaders appear to be unruffled
  • 'Jaleel has held talks with Pinarayi Vijayan'

    KOZHIKODE: : The meeting of the State working committee of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) coming up on July 16 has evoked considerable political interest after M. K. Muneer, PWD Minister, announced on Saturday in Kozhikode that the issue raised by the party dissident K. T. Jaleel would be discussed at the meeting.

    The questions raised by the Youth League national convener about funds collected by the party for tsunami relief work are without doubt an open challenge thrown at IUML general secretary P. K. Kunhalikutty.

    So much so, a party leader who did not want to be named, remarked, "it is now clear Jaleel wants to be thrown out of the Indian Union Muslim League.''

    Band of supporters

    Mr. Jaleel also has his band of supporters which was why the League leadership thought it prudent to lift the suspension clamped on him for openly criticising its pet projects for constructing the Expressway and mineral sand-mining some months ago.

    After lying low for some time, Mr. Jaleel fired yet another salvo at Mr. Kunhalikutty in Malappuram on Friday by demanding disclosure of details of the funds collected for tsunami relief work.

    League leaders appear to be unruffled by Mr. Jaleel's challenge since they have already seen clear signs of his plans to precipitate a confrontation with the leadership. They point out that there have been reports about Mr. Jaleel having held talks with CPI(M) State general secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. Speculation has been rife that he is seriously weighing the pros and cons of contesting the coming Assembly elections with the support of leftist forces.

    MYF accounts

    The IUML youth wing, Muslim Youth Front, on Saturday asked Mr. Jaleel to first set right the party accounts of the period when he was its office-bearer. Mr. Jaleel was earlier the Youth League general secretary.

    Youth League's present general secretary K. M. Shaji alleged on Saturday that Mr. Jaleel had made the allegations about tsunami funds only because he was being asked to explain how he had used party funds when he was its State general secretary.

    The July 16 meeting is also to review the political situation, in the context of the strong and violent agitations on the fee structure in self-financing colleges.

    Muslim League's worries have been compounded by the crisis in the State Congress which is its major political ally and its inability to find friends in the Left Democratic Front (LDF).

    There is also a growing sense of uneasiness about Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's inability to contain the dissidents who have joined sides with Mr. K. Karunakaran and his National Congress (Indira).

    League managers point out that the aggressive participation of NC(I) supporters in recent agitations and the enthusiasm seen at the reception accorded to its MLAs after they resigned had created an impression that it does have grassroots-level support.

    And that is something to worry about, since elections to local bodies are round the corner, even in League's home turf in Malappuram.

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