Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Shoranur municipal vice-chairman M.R. Murali, who has been expelled from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), announced here on Sunday that he would form a new democratic party with the support of those who opposed the official leadership of the CPI(M).

Mr. Murali, along with nine CPI(M) councillors of the Shoranur municipality, was addressing a convention of his supporters at Shoranur. He criticised the present leadership of the party and alleged that they were only interested in amassing wealth and positions.

“The proposed new party will fight against these deviations in the party and save it from vested interests,” he said.

Mr. Murali and the nine councillors said though they had been expelled from the CPI(M) they would continue to remain party sympathisers and work with the people.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader and Ottappalam MLA M. Hamsa told journalists that Mr. Murali had been expelled from the party for corrupt practices and misuse of power when he was the Chairman of the Shoranur municipality during the previous term.

Mr. Hamsa said the party had followed organisational principles in taking action against Murali and his supporters.

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