Communist Marxist Party (CMP) general secretary M.V. Raghavan has stressed the importance of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in the political scenario of the State.
He said the IUML should never be regarded as a communal party but one that had strived to protect the interests of minority groups.
Mr. Raghavan was delivering the presidential address at a public meeting held in connection with the eighth party congress of the CMP that began here on Saturday.
He was critical of the functioning of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
“The party has adopted an intolerant style of functioning. The findings of the investigation into the murder of T.P. Chandrasekharan have pointed towards the possibility that the crime had been orchestrated by the party’s State leadership,” he said.
Inaugurating the meeting, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala said the CMP had always stood firmly with the United Democratic Front (UDF) during every tumultuous period.
The coalition had benefited from the support extended by the party.
Kerala State Planning Board member C.P. John and CMP State secretary K.R. Aravindakshan were among those who spoke at the meeting.
Earlier, thousands of party workers participated in a rally taken out across the town.
The party congress will continue for the next three days. Mr. Raghavan will inaugurate a delegates’ meet on Sunday.
Leaders of various parties and trade unions are expected to participate in seminars that will be conducted later in the day.