Saturday, March 7, 2009
CPI-M dismisses suspended Kerala MP
Kannur: A.P. Abdulla Kutty, a Kerala MP who was suspended from the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) after praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, was Saturday sacked from the party.
Kannur district party secretary P. Sasi said in a statement that Kutty had been dismissed because he continued to violate party discipline even during his suspension period.
Kutty, 41, a Lok Sabha member from Kannur for two terms, expressed disappointment over the party decision.
'The party was like a father to me. A few leaders in the party are responsible for what has happened to me. I did not get any consideration from the party despite being a member from a minority community,' he told reporters.
Kutty was suspended Jan 17 because he hailed Modi's development initiatives in an interview to a leading Malayalam TV channel. Kutty later clarified that he did not approve of Modi's 'communal politics'.
Addressing reporters here Friday, he again lashed out at the CPI-M, saying the Congress was always considerate to young MPs, but not his party.
A devout Muslim, Kutty is known to be a strong supporter of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan.