Kozhikode

Trouble brewing in LDF in Kozhikode

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"Big brother attitude" of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said to be the reason.

Fissures have developed in the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kozhikode in the wake of widespread criticism, especially by the Communist Party of India (CPI), against the “big brother attitude” of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Significantly, the development comes close on the heels of the CPI(M)-led LDF’s resounding victory in the local body polls in the district. The latest episode is the resignation of LDF’s Koyilandy municipal convener K. Chinnan Nair of the CPI from the post. Mr. Nair had lost miserably to the CPI(M) rebel candidate Shaji Pathirikkad in one of the wards earlier held by the CPI. While Mr. Nair, official candidate of the LDF, got 96 votes, Mr. Pathirikkad received 576 votes.

The CPI is also contemplating to pull out E.K. Ajith, a district council member, from the Koyilandy Assembly LDF convener’s post. Local leaders say that the CPI(M) is meticulously trying to decimate the CPI in the district.

Even outside civic bodies

The issue is not confined to the civic bodies. The CPI does not have a president or vice president in any of the grama panchayats. The party was offered the post of vice president at Chakkittappara grama panchayat, but the decision was withdrawn.

The CPI(M) had no choice but to offer the post of vice president at Atholi grama panchayat to the CPI since the LDF has secured a majority against the United Democratic Front by one seat. However, the post is now occupied by the UDF as a CPI(M) member voted in favour of the IUML candidate at the time of elections.

CPI local level leaders are disgruntled with the attitude of the CPI(M) in many grama panchayats including Olavanna, Chikkiyad and Nenmenda. The party contested about 150 out of the total of 1,762 seats in the district and won 51 seats.

However, CPI (M) did not give much importance to the issue. The CPI had got what it deserved, its leaders said.

The CPI nominee is the president of the Pandalayini block panchayat, vice chairman of the Ramanattukara municipality and vice president of the Kozhikode district panchayat.

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