KANNUR: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday opposed the Muslim League of Indian Union (IUML), a key partner of the Congress-led UDF in the state, on the issue of Waqf’s board of directors, asking it to clarify whether it was a political party or a religious organization.
A day after the Muslim League staged a massive rally in Kozhikode to protest the state government’s decision to allow the Civil Service Commission (PSC) to make appointments to the Waqf Council, Vijayan alleged that the opposition party was trying to create a misunderstanding in society on the issue. The government has no doggedness on the issue, he said at the inauguration of the CPI (M) district conference in Kannur.
Searching the Muslim League, Vijayan said that if someone tries to act as the sole spokesperson for a religion, it cannot be accepted. Meanwhile, the state leadership of CPI (M) has stepped up its attack on the Muslim League on the issue, accusing it of trying to create a communal conflict in Kerala. The CPI (M) alleged that the Muslim League was influenced by the ideas of Jama-at-e-Islami.
Referring to the Muslim League rally on Thursday in which some League leaders reportedly gave speeches to inject common sentiments among its cadres about the LDF government’s position on Waqf board appointments, the secretary CPI State (M) Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said developments revealed that the IUML was a party based on religion and it was leading dangerous maneuvers in state politics. The Muslim League is led by the ideas of Jama-at-e-Islami. What we have witnessed in Kozhikode is the public declaration that the Muslim League is a party based on religion. This gesture of the League is dangerous. He must refrain from such a move, ” Balakrishnan said. He alleged that the leadership of the Muslim League was trying to sow panic among its ranks. Such measures would not succeed in Kerala, said the leader of the CPI (M).
The Muslim League held a rally two days after the Vijayan managed to speak to influential Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama leaders and assured them that a detailed discussion would take place before making a final decision on the matter. Expressing satisfaction at the outcome of their meeting with the Chief Minister, the Samastha did not take part in the Muslim League protest held in Kozhikode on Thursday.