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IUML district council meet witnesses unruly scenes

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Protest against alleged move to exclude senior leader A. Abdul Rahman; new office-bearers elected

Signs of revolt:A group of IUML activists gathered at the venue of the party's district council meeting in Kasaragod on Saturday in protest against omitting the name of A. Abdul Rahman for the district unit secretary's post.
Signs of revolt:A group of IUML activists gathered at the venue of the party's district council meeting in Kasaragod on Saturday in protest against omitting the name of A. Abdul Rahman for the district unit secretary's post.

A revolt by a section of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) activists that reached the verge of an attack on senior party leaders marred a crucial district council meeting here on Saturday to announce a panel of office-bearers approved by the party leadership following a rift over outcome of the office-bearers' election held here last month.

The commotion, which lasted nearly an hour, began around noon when the approved panel of the district office-bearers was announced by IUML State general secretary K.P.A. Majeed at the meeting.

A section of party activists owing allegiance to senior leader A. Abdul Rahman moved towards E.T. Mohammed Basheer, who is also a party State general secretary, on not finding the name of their leader on the panel.

Even as Mr. Basheer was talking to presspersons about the choice of the candidates, a section of the party activists raised slogans against the alleged moves to exclude Mr. Rahman, whose election to the post of secretary by a thin margin over M.C. Khamaruddin was declared invalid by the returning officer owing to technical reasons during the February 12 election to the 314-member strong party district council.

Confusion and resentment over the poll outcome had eventually paved the way for its deferment, forcing the party leadership to refer the matter to its State president Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Majeed, Mr. Basheer, and party leaders M.C. Mahin Haji and T.P.M. Shahir drove straight to the meeting venue with the approved list of the office-bearers.

They held deliberations for nearly two hours even as a large number of anxious party workers awaited the verdict. The State leadership-approved office-bearers are Cherkalam Abdulla (president), M.C. Khamaruddin (secretary), and C.T. Ahemadali (treasurer).

P. Mohammed Kunhi, A. Hameed Haji, Kallatra Mahim Haji, and K.M. Shahnawasddin are the vice-presidents. A.G.C. Basheer and K.E.A. Backer, Haneefa Haji, and Abdulla Mugu are the joint secretaries.

Mr. Basheer tried to play down the dissent, saying such incidents could be anticipated in any political organisation.

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