KARNATAKA

IUML plans action against leaders in Porur

Leaders in the panchayat joined hands with LDF

Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leadership is mulling over action against the party's local leaders in Porur panchayat for joining hands with the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to defeat the Congress candidates to the panchayat council.

The IUML's panchayat committee worked against the Congress candidates in Porur panchayat, despite the directives of the party's district and State leaders. Porur was one of the few panchayats in the district where the United Democratic Front (UDF) system did not work. The IUML and the Congress had fought the elections independently in Porur.

The IUML-Congress standoff helped the LDF capture power in Porur, which had been a UDF bastion for years. The LDF won eight seats while the Congress got six and the IUML two in this panchayat under the Wandoor block.

The Congress lost a few grama panchayat wards and the IUML lost two block divisions owing to the quarrel. The IUML leadership has reportedly taken the matter seriously.

The number of votes polled for IUML's block candidates from Vaniyambalam and Palepuram divisions indicated that the party had worked against its own candidates in Porur panchayat. Both the divisions covered two wards each from Porur panchayat.

Drain of votes

IUML leaders have found that the defeat of the party's block candidates Sakkena Azad and Rasheeda Perur in Vaniyambalam and Palepuram divisions respectively was due to the drain of party votes in Porur panchayat. The party has also found that the IUML local leaders helped the LDF in Porur.

The obstinacy of one or two local leaders is understood to be the reason for IUML-Congress split in Porur. The attempts of IUML State general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty, district president Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal and district secretary K.P.A. Majeed to convince the local leaders had failed.

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