LDF kicks off election campaign in Ponnani
MALAPPURAM: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) kicked off its election campaign in Ponnani constituency with a well-attended public meeting at Kuttippuram on Saturday.
Inaugurating the meeting, Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan called upon the people to defeat the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). He said Husein Randathani, the Independent candidate supported by the LDF, was the appropriate person to nail the United Democratic Front (UDF) in Ponnani.
Mr. Vijayan said People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, who was also present at the convention, had changed his stand after his release from jail. The CPI(M) chose to back him due to his open stand against terrorism and communalism. Why should we oppose Mr. Maudany when he takes a firm stand against terrorism and communalism, he asked, adding that the CPI(M) would encourage all those who opposed communal forces.
Describing both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as equally dangerous for the country, Mr. Vijayan said the Third Front was the only alternative to save the country.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Maudany ridiculed the UDF for seeking his support when he was in Coimbatore jail during the 2001 elections. “In 2001, when the UDF got our support, the PDP was considered its ally. Then I was not a terrorist. Now, when we have decided to back the LDF on the basis of principles and policies, they have begun to brand me a terrorist and my party communal,” he said.
Displaying an old poster of Congress leader P.P. Thankachan seeking votes with Mr. Maudany’s photograph in large size, the PDP leader challenged the UDF to declare whether it had not approached the PDP for its support in the current elections.
He said he would welcome any investigation into the allegations against him. He dismissed the charges as baseless.
Minister for Local Administration Paloli Mohammed Kutty presided over the function. Apart from the LDF candidate Dr. Randathani, Deputy Speaker Jose Baby (CPI); A. Vijayaraghavan, MP; and K.T. Jaleel, MLA; addressed the gathering.