Staff Reporter

Chennithala, Muraleedharan share dais at Ekarur in Koduvally

KOZHIKODE: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala made a whirlwind tour of the district on Saturday, addressing meetings at various Assembly constituencies.

The KPCC chief spoke at Kuttiyadi, Koottalida, Kallachi, Vadakara, Chemancheri, Elathur and Thamarassery in the district. Democratic Indira Congress(Karunakaran) (DIC-K) State president K. Muraleedharan and Mr. Chennithala shared the dais at Ekarur in Koduvally constituency, where the DIC-K leader is contesting. Mr. Chennithala and Mr. Muraleedharan said the DIC-K-Congress alliance would continue even after the elections. Nobody should attempt to break the alliance, they warned. Mr. Chennithala said he saw Mr. Muraleedharan not as a DIC-K candidate, but as a Congress candidate.

Speaking at other places in the district, Mr. Chennithala said the Communist Party of India(Marxist) (CPI-M) which had seen communal nature in a party like the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) was now eliciting votes from Jama'at-e-Islami and People's Democratic Party (PDP). Jama'at had been blacklisted by the Nayanar Government.

Mr. Chennithala said the United Democratic Front (UDF) Government had held discussions with Tamil Nadu in connection with the issue of PDP leader Abdul Nasir Maudany. "The Kerala Assembly also moved an unanimous resolution in the case of Mr. Maudany. But the Congress and UDF had acted not for votes. We will try again. The Congress did not arrest Mr. Maudany. The CPI(M) will always put forward the communal card whenever elections are round-the-corner," Mr. Chennithala alleged.

Mr. Chennithala said the people of the State who are secular would never hand over the reins of the Government to a leader who is both `anti-minority' and `anti-development.' The CPI(M) was seeking votes projecting three separate leaders in Travancore, Malabar and North Kerala, he alleged.