: While the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has charged the Congress with forging a secret pact with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in different parts of the State, the CPI(M) itself has been accused of discreet alliance with organisations such as the Jamaat-e-Islami in several parts in the Malabar region to defeat the United Democratic Front (UDF), especially the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) candidates.
Allegations of local-level seat adjustments that defied their professed principled positions have been levelled against the Congress and the CPI(M). CPI(M) district secretary P. Jayarajan has alleged that the secret alliance between the Congress and the BJP was clearer in this district. The CPI(M), however, is now facing the charge that the party has not fielded its candidates in several places in the Malabar region to help candidates affiliated to organisations linked to the Jamaat-e-Islami.
In Panur municipality here, the LDF has no candidate in Thuvambram and Puthussery wards to take on the IUML candidates. The IUML has alleged that the two Independent candidates loyal to Jamaat-e-Islami are backed by the LDF there. According to IUML State vice-president V.K. Abdul Khader Moulavi, the unholy alliance between the CPI(M) and parties such as the Welfare Party was not confined to Kannur.
Hameed Chennamangaloor, writer and pro-Left critic of fundamentalism, told The Hindu that the Left parties had not fielded candidates in the Mukkam municipality, where his native place Chennamangaloor is located, as also in many places in nearby Kodiyathur and Karassery panchayats in Kozhikode district and in the Malappuram district. “In those places, the LDF was backing the Independent candidates fielded by the Jamaat-e-Islami,” he said adding that communal forces would be the ultimate beneficiaries of such alliances.
When contacted, Jamaat-e-Islami assistant Ameer P. Mujeeb Rahman said that Jamaat-e-Islami was not directly involved in the local body elections as the Welfare Party. He said Jamaat-e-Islami cannot react whether or not there were local level adjustments made by the Welfare Party, he added.