Joins IUML an hour before party announces decision
In a development that has taken the sheen off the creditable victory it had scored in the just-concluded Assembly elections, the State CPI has expelled party national council member M. Rahmatulla holding him primarily responsible for the CPI candidate's humiliating defeat in the Ernad Assembly constituency in Malappuram district.
However, the party received a further rebuff with Mr. Rahmatulla joining the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) barely an hour before the party decision was formally announced.
CPI candidate Ashrafali Kaliyath had secured only 2,700 votes, whereas P.V. Anver, the person who was initially considered for the constituency, had secured 47,452 votes to emerge second in the race.
The party State secretariat and executive had discussed the issue at its meeting here on Monday and decided to seek an explanation from Mr. Rahmatulla, who was in charge of the constituency. Mr. Rahmatulla himself was present at the party State executive committee meeting, but sprang a surprise on his party colleagues by joining the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).
Treachery, says CPI
Announcing the decision to expel him, CPI State secretary C.K. Chandrappan termed his action a ‘cruel treachery,' and said that such a person could not be allowed to remain in the party. Mr. Rahmatulla, he said, might have decided to leave the party fearing disciplinary action in connection with the election debacle at Ernad.
The party, he said, had given Mr. Rahmatulla several positions and opportunities to contest in elections. Since he was still young, he could have risen in the party and had several new opportunities. But he had chosen to quit the party without uttering even a word to anyone.
“To tell you the truth, we are pained by his action, but betrayal cannot be condoned howsoever big the person is,” Mr. Chandrappan said.
Aid to Independent
He said the issue at Ernad had to do with the proposal that a person who was accused in a murder case should be fielded as the party candidate there. The party had discussed and rejected the proposal. But the same person remained in the fray as an Independent and Mr. Rahmatulla was stated to have helped him directly and indirectly, he said.
To questions, Mr. Chandrappan said the Independent candidate could not have got so many votes if he had also not received the CPI(M) votes. Party State assistant secretary C.N. Chandran, and State executive committee members Benoy Viswom and E. Chandrasekharan would convene the party general body meeting in the district and explain the decision, Mr. Chandrappan said.