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CPM support to NRI RS member haunts LDF

CPM support to NRI RS member haunts LDF

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Publication: Deccan Herald
Date: April 1, 2004
URL: http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/apr012004/n4.asp?headline=CPM~support~to~NRI~RS~member~haunts~LDF

Introduction: According to many LDF parties, NRI Abdul Wahab's inclusion in the voters' list of Nilambur constituency in Malappuram violated the Representation of People's Act

The sharp differences in the Left Democratic Front over the tacit support bestowed on UDF candidate and influential non-resident Indian businessman P V Abdul Wahab by the CPM to get elected to the Rajya Sabha, continue to haunt the Opposition front in Kerala.

CPM leader V S Achuthanandan himself criticised the participation of LDF leaders, including his own party's Kozhikode district secretary at a public reception accorded to Mr Wahab in Kozhikode last Sunday. Mr Achuthanandan supported the stand of RSP leader T J Chandrachoodan who had raked up the issue alleging that the inclusion of the NRI in the voters' list of Nilambur constituency in Malappuram violated the Representation of People's Act. Making matters worse for the CPM, sections of its leaders are either pro or anti-Wahab whose status will come under the microscope when his election is challenged in court. While Mr Achuthanandan is not so favorably disposed towards the Indian Union Muslim League nominee, his rival in the party and State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has been singing a different tune.

Master of a Rs 136-crore business empire stretching from Malappuram to Australia as declared by Mr Wahab himself in his affidavit before the Election Commission, he is also known to be a friend of most parties in Kerala. The DYFI, the CPM's youth brigade, had openly criticised the candidature of Mr Wahab irrespective of the stand taken by the party.

The NRI businessman is also a director of CPM-owned "Kairali" TV, the Muslim League organ Chandrika daily and the Mujahid faction's Varthamanam daily.
 


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