The CPI(M) district leadership has stepped in to solve the ongoing crisis in the Koyilandy area committee of the party.

It has formed a three-member commission chaired by A. Pradeepkumar, MLA, to look into the allegations raised by a rival faction led by N.V. Balakrishnan against the Koyilandy area secretary K.K. Mohammed.

The other two members of the commission are P. Sathidevi (State committee member) and C. Bhaskaran (district committee member).

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Consequently, K. Shanta, wife of Mr. Balakrishnan, withdrew her resignation from the post of Koyilandy municipal chairperson.

She had on January 4 submitted her resignation letter to the district leadership in protest against the suspension of her husband from the primary membership of the party for a year.

An emergency meeting of the area committee was held on Monday. M. Bhaskaran, district secretariat member and former Mayor of Kozhikode briefed the members about the decision of the district committee that was held on Sunday. The commission will submit its report within a month.

Thus the existing inquiry panel appointed by the area committee to inquire into the allegations against Mr. Mohammed would thus be dissolved.

The party leadership has also asked Mr. Balakrishnan to file an appeal against the suspension.

The rebels have been urging the CPI (M) leadership to remove Mr. Mohammed from the post of secretary for a long time. However, the area committee recently suspended Mr. Balakrishnan, a former area secretary from the primary membership of the party for a year. Only seven members supported Mr. Balakrishnan in the 19-member committee. He had authored articles against the organisational policies of the party in a Gulf newspaper.

As of now the party has also constituted the Mandalam committee.

However, the Koyilandy area committee will not cease to exist. Mr. Mohammed will continue as secretary of the area committee.

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