Kerala: Key League leaders to skip Gulf edition launch of Suprabhaatham

Sources suggest that unresolved issues between IUML and Samastha, also stemming from the Kerala parliamentary elections, have influenced the IUML leaders to take this decision.
Panakkad Syed Sadiqali Shihab Thangal
Panakkad Syed Sadiqali Shihab ThangalPhoto | Express

MALAPPURAM: Taking a firm stance against Samastha, senior leaders of IUML, Panakkad Sadiqali Shihab Thangal and P K Kunhalikutty, decided to keep away from the ceremony to launch the Gulf edition of Suprabhaatham daily, scheduled to be held in Dubai on Saturday.

Sources revealed that Sadiqali Thangal made the decision citing Suprabhaatham’s association with a group of anti-IUML leaders in Samastha, indicating that there was no room for compromise. Though the Suprabhaatham management has included the pictures of both leaders in the event posters, an IUML leader confirmed on Thursday that they would not be attending due to a conflict of schedules. The leader cited that the IUML’s state committee meeting in Kozhikode coincides with the launch of the Gulf edition. The developments indicate that the schism between IUML and Samastha has reached its zenith.

“Panakkad Sadiqali Thangal and Kunhalikutty will be leading the state committee meeting on Saturday. Hence, they will not be able to attend the Suprabhaatham function,” said the IUML leader.

However, sources suggest that unresolved issues between IUML and Samastha, also stemming from the Kerala parliamentary elections, have influenced the IUML leaders’ decision to distance themselves from the event.

The IUML leadership expressed discontent with Suprabhaatham’s editorial decisions, particularly its alleged anti-IUML stance during the polls. IUML criticised the daily’s acceptance of election campaign advertisements from the LDF, claiming that this move encouraged Samastha members to support Left candidates. Though SYS state working secretary Abdul Hameed Faizy Ambalakkadavu defended the daily’s actions, IUML remains unconvinced.

Recently, Ambalakkadavu, in a Suprabhaatham article, argued that the LDF advertisements were published to maintain the daily’s impartiality, distinct from typical political party mouthpieces. In response, IUML published a counter-argument penned by Moyin Malayamma in Chandrika newspaper, asserting that Samastha leaders and Suprabhaatham should not have succumbed to efforts to sow discord within the IUML-Samastha alliance during the elections.

Notably, aside from IUML leaders, IUML supporter and Samastha Mushavara member Bahauddeen Muhammed Nadwi, who was scheduled to attend the launch ceremony, also expressed his intention to abstain. Nadwi, known for his opposition to Suprabhaatham’s pro-LDF stance during the elections, denied rumours of differences with anti-IUML members in Samastha, attributing his absence to recent travel.

“I have just returned from a Gulf trip. Therefore, travelling to Dubai at this time is not feasible,” Nadwi said.

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala who is currently engaged in an election campaign in North India will not attend the function. However, Works Minister P A Muhammed Riyas will be present at the event.

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