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  • UDF Forged Tie-up with BJP: SDPI Kozhikkode: SDPI has alleged that UDF good show in local bodies election in Kerala owes to the alliance it has forged with BJP and anti incumbency factor against Left Front government. 
    The state government run by V S Achuthanandan has become most hated one by the people of the state because of its corruption and stubbornness. The backward and dalit communities have suffered unjustified difficulties at the hands of police and they had been implicated in false cases. The people were protesting against the government that made a mockery of the people and the judicial system through the ballots. 
    At the same time it is evident that UDF has entered in electoral tie-ups in the state, said SDPI secretariat. 
    Secretariat has lauded the people who helped the party to open its account in the state. The electoral victory of SDPI is a warning for those people who are trying to suppress the attempts from backward, dalit, minority communities for their empowerment, labeling it with terrorism and extremism, statement said.

  • SDPI demands arrest of RSS ideologue Indresh Kumar in Ajmer blast case New Delhi: The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has demanded the arrest of Indresh Kumar, a member of the National Executive Council of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, (RSS), who has been named as chief conspirator in the charge-sheet in the October 2007 Ajmer blast case. The name of former RSS Pracharak from Madhya Pradesh Sunil Joshi, who was killed in broad daylight in Dewas in Madhya Pradesh, has also figured in the charge-sheet filed by the Rajasthan ATS in the Ajmer blast case.
    The SDPI national general secretary A. Sayeed in a statement said that since the charge-sheet filed by the Rajasthan Police's Anti-Terrorist Squad, (ATS), in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate on October 23 names Indresh Kumar as a conspirator, he should also be made an accused in the case, questioned and arrested forthwith without any delay. He was present when the conspiracy to carry out a blast at the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti shrine in Ajmer was hatched.
    It is pity that ATS has not mentioned the name of RSS because of its clout over the investigating agencies. It is observed that whenever any activist of RSS is involved in blast cases the investigating agencies remain silent which gives it (RSS) ample opportunity to wriggle out unscathed from the tight situation. While in case of Muslims being the accused the agencies are always keen in mentioning even very remote links to any organizations.
    Meanwhile, BJP's open rumblings for Indresh Kumar and earlier support for Malegaon blast accused Ms Pragya Thakur and Lt. Col. Purohit together with the links between the blasts at Ajmer shrine and Hyderabad's Makkah Masjid goes to prove beyond doubt its hand-in-glove relationships with the radical Hindutva groups.
    It may be pointed here that "disciplined" RSS started derailing from the incident of Mhow, a small town near Indore, when some saffron outfit workers led by late Sunil Joshi executed Nainama murder to avenge chopping off RSS worker's pony. Instead of condemning the incident, a few saffron leaders praised it which ingrained "eye for eye" attitude in many. And thereafter, incidents of retaliation by saffron activists increased and wore even ugly face of terror blasts. As such today Hindu terror is a reality, no matter whether the RSS accepts it or not.
    Thus, it would not be out of place to demand re-investigation of all blast cases in the country since 1992 in the light of ATS revelation regarding the involvement of top RSS leaders in Ajmer blast case. Furthermore, the Central and concerned state governments should immediately release all the innocent Muslim youths who have been jailed in those blast cases and provide adequate compensation to them

  • SDPI Creates History in Kerala; Bags 14 Seats in Debut Election
    Kozhikkode: Newly formed Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has made a good show in local bodies elections in Kerala. It has bagged 13 seats including 5 municipal seats and one blcok panchayath ward. 
    It got one seat each at Kannur, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Kasarkode and Palakkdu districts. SDPI candidate Sufeera came victorious from Kasanakkotta South ward- 15th ward of Kannur municipality with 325 votes. Her nearest rival Haseena P from Indian National league of UDF got 290 votes. 
    In Thodupuzha municipality of Idukki district, Subaida Teacher of SDPI from Keerikkode ward has won with 310 against defeating Shakeela Salim of INC who got only 298 votes.
    In Pathanamthitta municipality, Kulashakharapathi ward, SDPI candidate Shilaja won woth 244 votes. Safeena of Muslim League got 230 votes. In Shornur municipality of Palakkad district SDPI independent Beena defeated M S Prasanna of INC 80 votes. In Kasarkode municipal ward of Kollambady, SDPI backed independent Majeed Kalambady defeated Sainuddeen Haji of Muslim League by 32 votes.
    And it was stunning victory for Prof. Anas of SDPI who was elected from Vazhakkad Block, Vanchinadu Division. Being imprisoned in Muvattupuzha assault case against college professor, he had contested the election from Viyyoor central jail. He amassed 3992 votes, while his rival got 2089 votes. 
    Apart from these seats SDPI has bagged a couple of seats in various grama panchayaths. 
    In Kunjunnikkara grama panchayath ward of Ernakulam district SDPI candidate Seenath Jaleel won by the margin of 32 votes. She defeated Najumi Shamsu of Muslim League. SDPI candidate N N Binu Narayanan won the Mathakkal ward in Irattupetta panchayath. 
    Also in Manjeswaram panchayath of Kasarkode SDPI got a stunning victory, where as Maimoona defeated Rukiyya of Muslim League in Machampady ward by 63 votes. 
    In Thrissur district also SDPI got a seat in grama panchayath. Shamila Kabeer of SDPI gained victory over her rival Sukhanya Biju, independent in Pazhunna ward of Chovvannur panchayath.
    In 10th ward of Kulashekharapuram grama panchayath of Kollam, SDPI backed independent A Naser got a stunning victory by a huge majority of 418 votes. UDF candidate Unnikrishna Pillai could win only 301 votes while Naser bagged 719 votes. One more SDPI candidate tasted victory from Kollam district. It was Amina who won 15th ward of Poruvazhi panchayath for SDPI. In Malappuram district also SDPI opened its account through an independent Kadeeja Shams who defeated Jameela Basheer of INC by huge margin of 267 votes.
    The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) has registered an impressive victory in the local body elections in Kerala, securing majority in two of the five City Corporations and 38 of the 59 municipalities.
    The CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) retained Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam Corporations and secured 16 municipalities. It has secured a lead in 5,887 grama panchayats, 757 block and 122 district panchayat divisions. The results of the Corporations and the municipalities were the first to be announced as electronic voting machines were used there. A final picture is expected to emerge by Thursday evening. Counting at the Kozhikode Corporation will be taken up on October 31.
    The BJP has improved upon its tally compared to the previous local body polls. The party has got significant representation in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation — six seats, two in Kochi, one in Thrissur and 76 seats in various municipalities, the highest of 15 in Palakkad municipality. The party candidates finished runners-up in eight wards in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. The party will play a crucial role in deciding the rulers in four municipalities. The SDPI has also opened its account by securing one seat each in Kannur and Thodupuzha municipalities.
    A distinct feature of the local body elections this time is that 50 per cent of the over 21,000 seats are reserved for women in the multi-tier local self-government bodies.
    The UDF wrested the Kochi Corporation from the LDF after three decades, winning 46 out of the 74 seats. The LDF won 23 wards and the BJP, 2 and Independent, 3. The UDF also emerged victorious in the Thrissur Corporation, winning 44 out of the 55 seats. Here, the LDF got six seats, the BJP, one and Independents, four seats.
    The LDF has retained the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation winning 51 out of the 100 seats, leaving 41 to the UDF, six to the BJP and two to Independents. The LDF won the Kollam Corporation for a third successive term bagging 34 out of the 55 seats. The UDF got 18 seats and others, three seats.
    The UDF won the lone municipality in Wayanad district, Kalpetta, capturing 20 of the 28 wards. In Malappuram, the UDF retained power in Malappuram, Manjeri and Tirur municipalities and toppled the LDF in Ponnani and Perinthalmanna municipalities. The UDF will rule the newly-formed Kottakkal and Nilambur municipalities. In the campaign, both the LDF and UDF had described the civic body elections, held on October 23 and 25, as a referendum on the government's performance.

  • Kerala civic polls: Over 75 pc polling in second phase
    Thiruvananthapuram: Over 75 percent voting was recorded in local bodies elections in seven districts of Kerala on Monday, officials said. Polling passed off mostly peacefully, barring skirmishes reported from a few places. 
    According to preliminary figures released by the State Election Commission, the poll percentage has crossed 75 percent, up from 62.71 percent in these districts in last edition of the polls in 2005. 
    In the first phase of the elections Oct 23 in seven districts, 75.33 percent voting was recorded. 
    Counting will be held on Wednesday with Kerala set to become India's first state to see women heading 50 percent (605) of the total 1,208 local bodies. 
    These include 489 gram panchayats, 76 block panchayats, seven district panchayats, 30 municipalities and three corporations in the state. 
    A State Election Commission spokesperson told that the total seats for which polls was held was 21,612 and of these, 11,135 seats are kept for women. 
    'Of these, 8,613 seats would be the grama panchayats, 1,051 in block panchayats, 169 district panchayats, 1,121 in municipalities and 181 in the five corporations. The general rule is that in a panchayat if the total number of members is an odd number, then the total number of women would be one more than the men,' the spokesperson said. 
    A total of 70,915 candidates were in the fray. Electronic voting machines (EVMs) were being used only in corporations and municipalities, while traditional ballot papers are being used in the gram, block and district panchayats. 
    The local bodies elections were last held in 2005 and since then all the five corporations in the state are being governed by the LDF, which is also in power in 11 of the 14 district panchayats, 33 of 53 municipalities, 114 of 152 block panchayats and 688 out of 984 gram panchayats as well.
    A sub-inspector of police was hacked and hospitalised at Thakazhi in Alappuzha, following a dispute between CPI-M and BJP workers over alleged bogus voting, official sources said. Some stray incidents of violence were reported in Palakkad, Kottayam and Idukki also.

    Repolling was held in seven booths in the politically volatile Kannur district where polling was marred by violence on Saturday, triggering a war of words between CPI-M and Congress leaders. UDF has boycotted elections in two booths here following CPM attacks against its cadres.
    In the second phase also Social Democratic Party of India was very active in all seven districts. It’s estimated that the party would show its strength in districts like Malappuram, Kollam, Idukki, Kannur and Alappuzha. Elections analysers have attributed the high turnout throughout the state to the active participation of SDPI in the process

  • Kannur: SDPI Activist Attacked by CPM Workers Kuthuparamba: Social Democratic Party of India activists here was brutally attacked by CPM workers here. Basheer (32) was on his way back home from mosque after evening prayer yesteday, a group of 15 CPM workers attacked him by swords and other weapons at Thokkilangadi near here. Basheer who was injured seriously has been admitted at a private hospital in Kozhikkode.
    The attack was beleived to be carried out as a revenge against SDPI whose booth agent had prevented CPM workers who tried to cast bogus votes on Saturday here. There was a clash betwen the two groups following the incident. 
    Witnesses to the grusome attack said that CPM workers were led by Prbhulal from Kaithery, Jithu from Palapparamba, Jijo son of Geetha etc.

  • Sporadic violence in Kerala civic poll, 75 pc polling Thiruvananthapuram: 75.72 per cent polling was recorded today in the first phase of local body elections in Kerala covering seven districts which was marred by sporadic violence in some parts of the state. Coming as it does six months before the assembly elections, both ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and opposition Congress-led UDF saw the civic polls as a test for the bigger battle due in May next year. 
    Social Democratic Party of India, newly formed political organizations with support base of Muslims and Dalits, is also testing their waters first time in Kearala civic polls and also Janakeeya Munnani under the auspices of Jama-athe Islami. SDPI has fielded more than 2,500 candidates throughout Kerala. 
    A distinct feature of the civic elections this time is that 50 per cent of the seats are reserved for women, giving them a decisive role in grassroot level politics. Police fired two rounds in the air at Kannavam in the politically volatile Kannur District to disperse a group of alleged BJP supporters who attacked them with stones and countrymade bombs, sources said. Minor scuffles involving workers of BJP, CPI-M and Muslim League were reported from parts of Kannur and Kozhikode districts. However, none was injured in the violence. 
    Election authorities ordered repoll in two booths in ward 7 of the Pattuvam grama panchayat following complaints by the United Democratic Front (UDF) that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) snatched ballot papers in the booths. The repoll would take place on October 25. Repoll was also ordered in a booth in ward 36 of the Payyannur municipality when the electronic voting machine was allegedly destroyed. In another incident, the UDF had reportedly boycotted polling in ward 7 of Cheruthazham grama panchayat after complaining that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) workers cast bogus votes. There were reports of cases of alleged clashes and intimidation of booth agents in some parts.
    UDF candidate in Temple Ward in the Kathirur panchayat Pothuvattil Sreedharan alleged that CPI (M) snatched voters’ lists from two UDF booth agents. The CP I(M) workers there said that the election in the polling station at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School at Kathirur was peaceful. Large number of police personnel was deployed outside the polling station in view of the tension. Three people were injured in the clash between CPI(M) and Indian Union Muslim League workers at Thavam in Cherukunnu. 
    According to State Election Commission sources, slightly 75.72 per cent of the more than one crore voters cast their ballots in the seven districts that went to polls today. The highest turnout of 76 per cent was recorded in Kozhikode, followed by Wayanad, Kasaragod (75 each), Kannur (73), Pathanamthitta (71), Kollam (69) and Thiruvananthapuram (58). There are 29,901 candidates in the fray for 9,238 wards spread around three-tier panchayats and urban civic bodies. The next phase of polling covering the remaining seven districts would be held on October 25 for which the campaign ended this evening. Counting would be held on October 27.
    In another incident, a polling official on duty identified as Sadanandan (48) died at the polling booth at Sree Narayanam L.P. School in ward 56 at Madapathur here. He died after fainting at the booth just after the polling began. The polling continued in the booth.

  • Where Discrimination Ends, Development will Come: E Aboobacker
    Irattupetta: Our country will enter the path of development only when discrimination and nepotism come to an end in our society, said E Aboobacker, national president of Social Democratic Party of India. Only corruption free panchayaths can bring positive changes in our villages. He was inaugurating election campaign of SDPI candidates at Irattupetta, Kottayam. 
    SDPI has put forward a strong challenge to the politicians who are corrupt and inefficient. The party is being termed as extremists because it's working for the people with vigor. SDPI has proved that it is capable of handling panchayath affairs within shot span of its existence, he added.
    All the mainstream political organizations have become tools on the hands of upper cast and communal forces. And it’s the duty of all people who believe in democracy to come forward for the rescue of it. The real power in democracy should be given to the people. And SDPI is the best effort in this direction. E Aboobacker also appealed the people to throw their weight behind SDPI and work for their success.

  • Votes for Protectors of Backward Interests: SDPI Kozhikkode: Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) will vote in the local bodies election in Kerala where SDPI candidates are not contesting for the candidates who were working for the interests of dalit, adivasi, backward and minority communities, informed state president Adv. K P Muhammed Shareef and general secretary Abdul Majeed Faizee. 
    Leaders also requested the people of the state to vote for SDPI candidates who were working for the development and betterment of the state social and economical emancipation of marginalised sections. They also said that only SDPI would be able to uplift them to the power centers. Those who were keeping these groups away from power corridors all these years and using them as mere vote banks, have come up now with the allegation of communalism and terrorism. SDPI leaders warned the people not to fall into these traps and elect SDPI candidates.

  • Kerala Election: SDPI Will Become Force to Reckon with
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: One of the important features of Kerala’s local bodies election to be held in two phases on Saturday and Monday is the strong presence of newly formed political party, Social Democratic Party of India SDPI). As the campaign for the first stage of the local body election campaign drew to a close on Thursday, SDPI has succeeded in making its presence felt in almost all parts of the state with political campaigns outshining the major political fronts, UDF and LDF.
    In seven districts- Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod-, that go to the polls on Saturday, SDPI has fielded more than one thousand own candidates and most of them are nurturing winning possibilities. As many as 9,238 seats are up for grabs in these districts. 
    These elections into local bodies which were described as a dress rehearsal for the 2011 Assembly polls, the parties are engaged in pitched battles. With the strong support base among Muslims and dalits, SDPI can pose a strong challenge to others. In districts like Thiruvananthapuram SDPI has entered in poll alliance with BSP. 
    Right from the beginning SDPI was in the forefront of election campaign. And young candidates fielded by the party could reach along with other experienced parties. The political messages they have put forward, like ‘people’s panchayath’, ‘power to people’- have gone too well with the people. 
    Party leaders are of the opinion that the discontent among the people against the anti people policies of state and central governments would turn the voters towards SDPI.
    SDPI general secretary P Abdul Majeed Faizy said that popular base of the party would get much stronger by the local body elections in Kerala. The party is contesting alone in around 2500 wards all over the state. 
    He said that both fronts were trying to divert the attention of people from the real issues like price rise by creating controversies. No party is trying to understand common man’s problems. Both fronts follow an anti-people policy. The ruling class receives money from private monopolies and work for them. SDPI will fight against this kind of anti people attitude of the parties and governments. He also said that SPDI was focusing more on villages than big cities. In this election it will become a party gathering most number of votes by facing the elections on its own.
    Polling would be held in seven districts comprising 9238 wards--7186 Gram Panchayats, 878 Block panchayats, 154 district panchayats, 790 Muncipalities and 230 City Corporations. The Largest number of voters is in Thiruvananthapuram district with 23.66 lakh voters.
    More than one lakh staff would be deployed for election duty for the polls in seven districts. Electronic voting machines would be used in Municipalities and Corporation wards while ballot boxes would be used in panchayats.
    Election for the remaining seven districts-Alappuzha, Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram would be held on October 25. Counting of votes would be on October 27.

  • Kerala: Popular Front Asks to Work for SDPI candidates Kozhikkode: Popular Front asked its cadres to work for the victory of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) candidates in coming local body elections in Kerala. 
    Corruption, nepotism and favoritism have become rampant now in local body institutions. And SDPI decided to contest the elections to uphold the real power of the people in these institutions. 
    The election slogan of the party- No to corruption, No to discrimination, We want popular panchayath- has already passed a message of hope to the people and has become a warning to anti-people politicians, opined the meeting of state and district level office bearers of Popular Front. 
    The unholy alliances among the parties are widespread in this election. Parties who are overtly opposed each other are having covert poll alliances. CPM has joined hands with BJP-RSS combine. Though RSS and BJP leaders come with anti CPM statements publicly, they have issued secret circulars supporting them. Popular Front also demanded the people to vote against the anti minority stand of CPM. 
    As before there are also Congress-League-BJP alliances in this election also. And people should be aware of these unholy tie-ups. 
    And Popular Front also appealed the people of the state to vote for SDPI candidates who are determined to work for the empowerment of minority-dalit and backward communities. State president Nasaruddeen Elamaram presided over the meeting.

  • SDPI conducts protest demanding dissolution of state government
    Mangalore: Social Democratic Party of India, Dakshin Kannada district unit conducted a protest demanding dissolution of the state BJP government, in front of District Commissioner’s office, Mangalore on Friday. The party alleged that BJP government is administrating the state against the democratic value.

    Speaking to protestors SDPI state president Majeed Kodlipete alleged that BJP had unstable the democracy in the state by miss using the power.

    He criticized that the state, which had involved in corruption, sex scandals, resort politics has forgotten the interest of the people, who elected them. It has desecrated the Vidhan Soudha by performing unscientific practices.

    He also said that the second chance to prove confident moss ion for the Yaddyurappa led government, which earlier had prevented the opposition members from entering to the House, has caused to second round of horse trading and corruption.
    Anvar Sadath, state committee member, in his introductory speech said that, democracy has been murdered in the state. Failure of main opposition congress is also reason for the same.  

    SDPI district committee member Krishnappa Sunnaje urged that central government should dissolve the state government as it was acting against the interest of the people.
    State committee members Azeez Surathkal, SDPI district president Jaleel Krishnapur, vice president Prakash Shetti surinje were present at the dais.

    Muhammad Nasir welcomed while Prakash Shetti delivered vote of thanks. Salim Guruvayanakere coordinated the program.

  • Babri Verdict: SDPI Leaders Meet UP Waqf Board Chairman Lukhnow: Social Democratic Party of India and Popular Front of India leaders met chairman of UP Sunni Waqf Board Sufar Ahmed Farooqi yesterday to discuss the issues regarding the Allahabad High Court verdict on Babri Masjid title case and follow up actions to be taken. 
    Popular Front chairman E M Abdul Rahman, Social Democratic Party of India national president E Aboobacker, Al India Imams Council president Moulana Usman Beig met Farooqi and assured all out help in this regard. Farooqi told the leaders that the steps were being taken to go for an appeal in Supreme Court against the High court verdict. 
    We are not ready for an out of court solution agreeing to this verdict. And it is futile to have a discussion with the parties in the case on the basis of a verdict which was relied only on the beliefs of one section. Waqf Board will entrust eminent lawyers to take up the case in Supreme Court, he added.
    Leaders also met Adv. Safaryab Jeelani and Muhammed Hashim Ansari to discuss the issue. Ansari said that Babri Masjid was an issue of world Muslims and he would take decisions in accordance with the steps taken by the Sunni waqf Board. I don't want to become a traitor. My talks with some Hindu saints in Ayodhya were misrepresented in the media, he added.

  • SDPI will get stronger by the local body elections: general secretary
    Kannur: The popular base of the Social Democratic Party of India will get stronger by the local body elections in Kerala, said SDPI general secretary P Abdul Majeed Faisy. The party is contesting alone in around 2500 wards all over the state. He was speaking at a press conference in Kannur.
    He said that both fronts were trying to divert the attention of people by creating controversies like the lottery. The common people are suffering in all this. No party is trying to understand their problems. Both fronts follow an anti-people policy. When asked if the party was working for minorities, he replied that the SDPI was working for the majority. Dalits are majority in India. The ruling class receives money from private monopolies and work for them. The SDPI is duty-bound to respond against this. The SPDI is concentrating more on villages than the cities. It would become the party gathering most number of votes by facing the elections alone.
    Mr Faisy said that the relations that mainstream political parties had with the BJP were getting disclosed. Handing over PDP chairman Abdunnasir Maudany to the BJP government in Karnataka before his bail plea came up in the Supreme Court was an example of the BJP-CPI (M) secret relation. The CPI (M) did so to appease the BJP in the local body elections, he added.
    District general secretary Noushad Punnakkal and secretary N Premraj also were present at the press conference.

  • Ma’dani: SDPI Signature Compilation Journey Begins
    Thiruvananthapuram: Social Democratic Party of India began its ‘Signature Compilation Journey’ yesterday meant to compile one million signatures to be submitted to Karnataka government demanding the early release of Abdunnasir Ma’dani from unjust judicial custody there.
    During the three day journey the signatures already collected from the people across the state by SDPI unit workers during last one month will be handed over to the state leaders of the party.
    The journey was inaugurated from the premise of Kerala secretariat at 10 am yesterday. The signatures collected from the Thiruvananthapuram district was handed over to M K Manoj Kumar, state general secretary by A Ibrahim Kutty, district president.
    Peoples’ Democratic Party chairman Abdunnasir Ma’dani was arrested on August 17 by Karnataka Police implicating him in Bangalore serial blast case.
    One million signatures will be submitted to the Karnataka government later this month.
    The signatures will be compiled also by state leaders P Abdul Majeed Faizee, Muvattupuzha Ashraf Moulavi, A A Shafi, Adv. V S Saleem during the journey.

  • SDPI demands Presidential Rule in Karnataka
    Social Democratic Party of India condemned the recent developments in the Karnataka politics.
    State president of the party, Abdul Majid said, in press release that leaving all democratic values aside, Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) has murdered democracy by involving in defection, buying and selling their selves.

    He said Administrative party is misusing speaker chair for its own benefits. Incidents like disqualifying MLAs, not fixing any appropriate time to give response for the notice, restricting media persons and preventing opposition leaders from entering House, police inside the House are first in the history of the nation.

    He added that SDPI strongly condemns imposing restriction on Media representatives, they are considered as fourth machine of administration, from entering the House and police manhandling them.

    He said all above mentioned acts are dishonesty for the people and constitution of the country, adding that his party demands honored governor to dissolve the Government and to impose presidential rule in the state as constitutional crisis has been raised in the state.  

  • Left-Right Fronts 'Popularised' Corruption in Kerala: SDPI
    Kozhikkode: Two political fronts in Kerala- UDF and LDF have toppled the very concept of Grama Panchayaths which was conceptualised as the corner stone of decentralisation, alleged Adv. K P Muhammed Shareef, state president of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). He was speaking at a function of declaring SDPI candidate for local body elections in Kozhikkode district here yesterday. 
    It's mandatory that Grama Sabhas should be convened once in every three months. And at least 10 percent of the total members which are total voters of a ward should be present in the meeting. The meeting should be announced a week before. But all these things which are stipulated by our constitution are ignored by the political parties whose representatives are in power now, said Mauhammed Sahreef. 
    The decisions taken by the Garama Sabhas regarding the preferential order of beneficiaries of various programs can not be altered even by the Panchayaths. At the same time the parties are vying each other to topple these Garama Sabhas for the sake of corruption and nepotism, he added. He also alleged that the concept of people's planning had helped for the decentralisation of corruption. Even a panchayath member could commit corruption under the guise of these projects. 
    The BOT system which has been adopted by the governments in developmental activities is nothing but a means to fill the pocket of political leaders. Now both fronts in Kerala are trying to reach election understandings in various places. 
    He also said that SDPI have entered the fray as a prelude to bring about a change in which all the people of the country would be free from hunger and fear. For this the party has put forward a clear cut policy of anti corruption and anti fascism. 
    He also hoped that SDPI could contribute a lot in a fight for the popular panchayaths that are free from corruption and discrimination. 
    District vice president A T Abu Haji presided over the function. 
    SDPI has also declared the names of 182 candidates in Kozhikkode corporation and grama panchayaths.

  • Babri Verdict Politically Motivated: SDPI
    Thiruvananthapuram: Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) termed the Allahabad High Court verdict on Babri Masjid title suit as superficial and disappointing. The court, instead of giving judgment on the basis of documents and facts submitted before it, has relied upon mere religious faith and handed out a verdict which is politically motivated, said E Aboobacker, national president, SDPI. 
    This is illegal and discriminatory verdict. This can be viewed as just the continuation of injustice meted out towards Muslims regarding the Babri Masjid issue till now. Congress party along with BJP can not absolve from the responsibility for this situation. 
    He also hoped that UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and All India Muslim Personal Law Board would challenge the verdict in Supreme Court. 
    E Aboobacker also appealed the people of the country to treat the issue through legal manner.