“What you sow, you reap”, says Lord Krishna in Bhagawad Gita and this philosophy is now resonating in the Muslim-majority constituency of Ponnani in Malappuram (Kerala) In the run-up to the Kerala assembly election, CPM recently announced P Nandakumar as the party’s candidate for Ponnani assembly seat. But now, the decision is being resisted by the party members’ who are demanding his candidature to be cancelled. Their demand is to announce T.M Siddique as the party’s candidature for the Muslim-majority-constituency.
The protesters took out a march from Chandhapadi to Ponnani junction in the evening with a banner with the slogan ‘Party correct the leaders and people correct the party’ on it.
CPM district leadership said the protesters are not leaders or members of the party. “The party will study the reason for the protest and find out the details of the organisers of the protest. The protesters are not leaders or members of the party,” said E N Mohandas, CPM Malappuram district secretary.
The protesters slammed the statement of the CPM district leadership that they are not members of the party. “The party wins the elections with the votes of the local people who may not be members or leaders of the party. So, the statement from the party that the protesters are not the party members makes no sense,” said a protester.
Earlier, there were allegations of Islamists trying to infiltrate to CPM and carry on their agenda. These allegations are now proven to be right from such incidents, where fellow comrades are asking the party leadership to change the candidate on the basis of his religion.