Congress courts communal League-Asks nationalist Aryadan to shut up

published on June 11, 2008

A repeat of an old story
Author : S. Chandrasekhar

Jawahar Lal Nehru dismissed the Kerala Muslim League as a dead horse,
but for the past four decades Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and now Sonia
have been falling at Muslim League’s feet to garner the 22 per cent
Muslim votes. The Congress-Muslim League tie-up which started in 1970
even led to the handing-over of Kerala’s chief ministership to League’s
C.H. Mohammed Koya. Although the Muslim League tried to move over to
the CPM-led LDF in 1992, citing Congress’s failure in protecting ‘Babri
Mosque’, it had to return meekly to Congress-led UDF, as EMS-led CPM
refused to entertain it, for fear of losing Hindu votes.

Aryadan Mohammed, a Congress MLA from Nilambur in Malappuram
district, has since 1970 (when the Congress-IUML pact started) been
opposing its alliance with the Muslim League. His stand is that the
Congress should not ally with a communal party like Muslim League.
Despite Muslim League’s efforts to defeat him by cross-voting, Aryadan
has been continuously winning, to its and CPM’s ire.

In October 2006 when Kerala-based Al-Badr terrorist Mohammed
Fahd was arrested in Bangalore, Aryadan Mohammed hit out at the Muslim
League saying it was not sincere in efforts to curb extremism,
especially in Malappuram. Aryadan said the CPM came into power after
working hand in glove with jehadis, whereas Muslim League is not
opposing groups like NDF, SIMI, PDP and Jamaat-e-Islami for fear of
losing base. He said their concept of Hukumat-Ilahi (Islamic rule) is
dangerous. He went further and stated that the Muslim League supremo
Panakkad Syed Mohammed Ali Shihab Thangal, who is masquerading as a
spiritual leader, is a fraud.

At that time the Congress and the League leaders intervened and played down the issue.

Meanwhile in the redrafting and delimitation of Assembly
constituencies, four seats got added to the Muslim-majority Malappuram
district. The Congress unit in Malappuram, which like Aryadan Mohammed,
has been opposing Congress tie-up with Muslim League and its hegemony,
wants a bigger role in the district. They feel that the Muslim League
is irretrievably weakened and the Congress by throwing out the League
can perform very well in the district, by getting votes from all
sections. Moreover the CPM’s tie-up with jehadis can be exposed, as
also its move to pamper extremists by promising to implement Sachar
Committee report.

Addressing a Congress meeting Aryadan Mohammed said, it should
take the lead in Malappuram as the League would face a serious setback
it as it is not a dominant force. Aryadan Shoukath, his son and
president of the Nilambur Panchayat, went a step further and,
questioned the so-called ‘miracle curing power’ of Muslim League
supremo Thangal. He called upon the CPM regime, which has declared a
war against fake god men, to act upon Thangal and his multi-crore

This was too much for the Muslim League. The outfit belittled
and its supremo humiliated! Congress offices in Nadapuram, Vanimal,
Chekyad, Mambad, Pookiparamba, Randamthani, Tirur, Edavannapara and
Chemmad were torched by irate Muslim mobs. Congress goons set fire to
Muslim League office in Kutiyadi. In several places clashes erupted
between Congress and Muslim League workers.

Although talks between Congress leaders Ramesh Chennithala,
Oomen Chandy and Leaguers Kunhalikutty, Mohammed Basheer etc took
place, the clashes showed no signs of relenting.

The League asked Aryadan Mohammed, who won on its support, to
resign. Aryadan shot back saying, he will resign if Muslim League MLAs
who won with Congress support, resign. Meanwhile Muslim League withdrew
support from Aryadan Shoukath in Nilambur Panchayat.

Finally Sonia Gandhi intervened to protect the 40-year-old
alliance with Muslim League, started by mother-in-law! She warned
against breaking of the alliance and called for ironing of ties, i.e.
falling at Thangal’s feet. The job was handed over to her new
confidant, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi. He convinced Thangal that the
Congress will play second fiddle to Muslim League in Kerala and that
Aryadan and his son will be acted upon.

The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee headed by Ramesh
Chennithala, Oomen Chandy etc. reprimanded Aryadan Mohammed and a
‘show-cause’ notice was issued to Aryadan Shoukath for belittling
Muslim League and questioning its supremo’s healing powers.

The Congress by begging at Muslim League’s feet has lost a
one-time golden opportunity to throw away the crutches of Muslim
fanaticism and stand on its own legs in Malappuram, thereby weakening
the Hindu minority and nationalist Muslims in that district. In due
course, the entire Muslim population may get jehadised and Kerala may
become another Kashmir. A Kerala where Hindus will be thrown out to the

Bharateeya Vichar Kendram Director Shri P. Parameswaran has
described Aryadan Mohammed as a “Modern-day Maulana Azad”. Here it is
noteworthy that the Congress yielded to the Muslim League pressure
tactics by not allowing Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad to participate in the
Congress- British-Muslim League talks, prior to Partition. Maulana Azad
would not have allowed Partition of Bharat, dashing the President,
Prime Minister hopes of Jinnah and Nehru.” Similarly, Sonia Gandhi is
sacrificing Aryadan Mohammed, a true nationalist, to please Thangal and
Muslim League.”

Anyway, Thangal’s healing powers are not going to relieve
Sonia of her disease of continuing saga of electoral defeats, which
will culminate in rout of Congress in 2009 polls.

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