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CPI(M) makes inroads into Muslim heartland

Written by: Staff
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Kozhikode, May 11 (UNI) The CPI(M), heading the Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala, has succeeded in making inroads into the Muslim League stronghold of Malappuram district, if the Assembly election results declared today are any indication.

The party which had only one out of the 11 seats from the district in the outgoing Assembly increased its position to five, including two independents, giving a big blow to its arch rival Indian Union Muslim League in its pocket borough since the formation of Assembly constituencies in 1957.

It was significant to note that the party achieved this milestone despite stiff resistance by the IUML to prevent its foray into its traditional belt.

The CPI(M) was able to defeat heavyweights such as IUML general secretary P K Kunhalikutty, state ministers E T Mohammed Basheer and M K Muneer.

Business magnet Manjalamkuzhi Ali (Ind), K T Jaleel (Ind), Sasi Kumar (CPM), LDF convener Paloli Mohammed Kutty (CPM) and P P Abdullakutty (CPM) won the five seats-- Mankada, Kuttippuram, Perinthamanna, Ponnani and Tirur respectively for the party.

The party had made concerted efforts to consolidiate its position in the district since it wrested the Manjeri Lok Sabha seat from IUML in the 2004 Lok Sabha election.

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