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Kunhalikutty draws flak for missing triple talaq voting

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A black chapter in the history of IUML: K.T. Jaleel

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty, MP, has evoked a barrage of criticism from various Muslim leaders and groups for staying away from Parliament during the voting on the triple talaq Bill on Thursday.

Mr. Kunhalikutty did not attend Lok Sabha when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and supporting parties pushed forward the crucial Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018. When his colleague E.T. Mohammed Basheer, MP, voted against the Bill along with 10 other members, Mr. Kunhalikutty was attending a friend’s wedding in the State.

Most scathing among the critics was Minister for Higher Education K.T. Jaleel, who said that all the perfume from Arabia would not be enough to cleanse the blemish on the IUML caused by Mr. Kunhalikutty’s action.

“It’s a mistake of gargantuan nature. He (Mr. Kunhalikutty) has caused a black chapter in the history of the IUML,” he said.

Mr. Jaleel said the IUML should ask him to quit. “He has no right to continue as an MP now. The Muslim Youth League, instead of taking out marches to my office and house, should march to his house seeking his resignation,” he said.

Mr. Jaleel said that those not interested in attending Parliament, especially when their presence was essential, should not be given such a responsibility. “The IUML should re-think its action of sending him to Parliament with broader and heavier responsibilities as a ‘centre forward’ of the party. The ‘centre forward’ has failed the party and the people miserably,” he said.

The Sunni Yuvajana Sangham (SYS) said that it was irresponsible of Malappuram’s MP to stay away from Lok Sabha when his presence was a must. “He had stayed away during the vice presidential voting as well in the name of missing the flight. We can’t believe that it was a mere coincidence. We suspect a mutual understanding between him and communal forces such as the BJP and RSS,” said SYS leader Jamal Karulai.

The Indian National League (INL) too criticised Mr. Kunhalikutty for his action. “He has failed the Muslim community and the trust reposed on him by the voters,” said INL leader A.P. Abdul Wahab.

IUML justifies

Meanwhile in Kozhikode, IUML leader M.K. Muneer justified the absence of Mr. Kunhalikutty saying the IUML was only a small party with two MPs in the Lok Sabha. The presence of Mr. Kunhalikutty would not have made any big difference since they were given little time to speak on the issue.

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