Kannur, Saturday 07 March 2009: Kannur MP A.P. Abdullakutty, who has been placed under suspension from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has said that some party leaders in the district are against his continuation in the party.
Speaking at a press conference convened here, explain his achievements as Kannur’s Member of Parliament during the past 10 years, Mr. Abdullakutty said, in response to a question whether he was having his final break with the CPI(M), that he had not chosen to renew his party membership after he was suspended from the party area committee.
“Now I am outside the party. Though I can approach the party Control Commission against the suspension, I will not. The issue is that I have no recognition within the party. If you are not respected in the party, not even a village officer is going to respect you as an MP,” he said.
Abdullakutty said the CPM should consider inviting MPs and MLAs to party forums to ensure that there was more understanding between the leadership and legislators on various issues concerning their respective constituencies. Congress MPs and MLAs were always invitees in their party committee meetings. The MP urged the State government to provide office facilities for MPs in collectorates or taluk officers in their respective constituencies.
“Many people were reluctant to come to the party office. It may be because politics is almost like a caste system in Kannur,” he said adding that if possible the government should provide a clerk to assist the MP.