In a no-holds-barred attack on the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) reiterated that ‘extremist’ elements in their community were their prime enemies.
“League’s first enemy is always the SDPI. Even the RSS comes after that . This is so because it is the responsibility of a Muslim to oppose extremist elements in his community. With that, he gains better ground to fight extremists in other communities. It is his political responsibility,” KM Shaji, Azhikode MLA, said at a session named Vargeeyathayude Rashtreeyam (Politics of Communalism).
The splinters of the attack fell on the CPM too. Shaji flayed the party’s ‘double standards’ and ‘unholy nexus’ with which ‘CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan could create a stronghold in Thalassery.’
Apparently, the arrest of SDPI’s state leaders, the subsequent statewide hartal call, and the release of the detained leaders gave the IUML adequate ammo to fire their cannons on the day. The IUML had also organised an anti-terrorism day observance in Kozhikode to mark the second death anniversary of Muslim Youth League worker Naseerudheen KP from Velam in Kozhikode.
Naseerudheen was reportedly killed by SDPI workers. The IUML and its feeder organisations had since then been flagging the presence of ‘extremist elements.’
Shaji said the CPM and Kodiyeri had the same nexus with the People’s Front of India (PFI) and its leader Nasaruddeen Elamaram. This was why the CPM showed a lenience to the killers of Abhimanyu, an SFI leader stabbed to death at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam on July 1.
VT Balram, Thrithala MLA, who addressed the gathering, said the CPIM was trying to imply that there was Islamic terrorism in Kerala on account of the activities of extremists like the PFI. “They are not disowning the SDPI. Instead, they are portraying it as Islamic terrorism and going ahead with the Ramayana month observance. This might be an attempt to please the majority community,” he opined.
MK Muneer, MLA, inaugurated the event. MYL state secretary PK Firos, senior vice president Najeeb Kanthapuram, journalist Shajahan Kaliyath, and MP Navas addressed the gathering.