C. Gouridasan Nair

CPI(M) roots for Abdul Nasir Maudany, CPI and RSP come out against him

Pinarayi says Maudany deserves Left support

Bardhan wants the PDP leader arrested

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Abdul Nasir Maudany has created a deep division in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) with the CPI(M) rooting strongly for the PDP and the RSP coming out strongly against it.

Justifying the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s decision to take the PDP on board the ruling alliance’s campaign at an election convention in Ponnani on Saturday, CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said Mr. Maudany and the PDP deserved the Left’s support as he had taken a firm stand against communalism and extremism and done much to oppose extremist tendencies.

The CPI(M) leader, who spoke with the PDP leader by his side, said the CPI(M) did not require anyone’s certificate on the issue. On his part, the PDP leader made a strong pitch for the unity between the Left and the PDP, describing it a major move to counter imperialist designs at the national and international levels and calling upon the people to defeat both the Congress and the BJP to give shape to a secular government at the Centre.

However, earlier in the day, releasing the manifesto of the Communist Party of India (CPI) in New Delhi, CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan came down heavily on Mr. Maudany and said he should be arrested for his extremist positions. In Thiruvananthapuram, PDP leaders were not allowed to attend the CPI’s election convention inaugurated by party State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan at AKG Hall. On Friday, CPI leaders had refused to permit PDP leaders to speak at the LDF’s Mavelikara election convention.

The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) State leadership came out strongly against the PDP on Saturday taking strong exception to alleged derogatory remarks made by PDP working chairman Poonthura Siraj against RSP general secretary T.J. Chandrachoodan when speaking at an LDF election convention in the Attingal constituency on Friday. In a statement, RSP State secretary V.P. Ramakrishna Pillai warned the CPI(M) against allowing leaders of the PDP, which was not even a constituent of the LDF, to make derogatory remarks against LDF leaders as these would have negative consequences in the long term.