Saturday, March 7, 2009

Abdullakutty hints he may not return to CPM

Suspended CPI(M) MP A P Abdullakutty on Friday hinted that he will not return to the party, but refused to disclose his plans. Abdullakutty was recently suspended for a year after he hailed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a role model for the Left-ruled state. The two-time MP, representing CPI(M) stronghold Kannur, on Friday did not hide his disenchantment with the party, while announcing developmental initiatives in his constituency.

Abdullakutty has not renewed his party membership. “I was suspended from the Mayyil area committee, but was asked to renew the membership at the branch-level. This was an insult. If the leadership does not want to see me in the party, I will not go to the party,” he said.

“A CPI(M) MP cannot perform without the support of the party. Even a village-level officer will not obey an MP if he does not have the support of the party. On the other hand, the Congress gives due respect to its MPs,” he said.

However, the former president of CPI(M) student wing, Students Federation of India, was noncommittal when asked whether he will join the Congress or the IUML.

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