: Minister for Industries P.K. Kunhalikutty said here on Saturday that there was no point in demanding a Vigilance inquiry against Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) State president Panakkad Syed Hyderali Thangal, as he was the head of the trust involved in interaction with the university on technical grounds.

He headed many such organisations and it was practically impossible to keep himself updated about the happenings in these organisations, Mr. Kunhalikutty said.

He was delivering the keynote address at a leadership meeting of the Indian Union Muslim League in Idukki, Alappuzha and Ernakulam. He said the party need not be given any special privilege. Alluding to the controversy over a reported statement by Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, Minister for Public Works, Mr. Kunhalikutty said the statement was intended only to urge more discipline and responsibility among party activists. Vested interests were working behind raking up controversies out of the stand taken by the IUML on the liquor policy, he said.

Inaugurating the meeting, the Thangal said the IUML was functioning after taking the majority communities into confidence. The party did not intend to deprive any other community of its due rights, he said. Mr. Ebrahim Kunju; K.P.A. Majeed, IUML State general secretary; P.H. Abdul Salam, vice-president; and M.C. Mayin, P.M.A. Salam and T.M. Salim, secretaries; spoke at the meeting held at Aluva Thottakkattukara.