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IUML to forge alliance with secular parties in upcoming Lok Sabha elections

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) will forge electoral alliance with like-minded secular parties in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. At a press meet in Thiruvananthapuram soon after his re-election as the national general secretary of the IUML, P K Kunhalikutty MP said the party would try to forge electoral understanding with parties which have a secular mooring in the coming Parliament elections. But the party will not do anything which affects the poll prospects of the UPA in general and with whom the electoral alliance can be forged will be decided in line with stance of the UPA, he said.

When asked if the party would forge an alliance with parties which previously had a truck with the BJP-led NDA, he said: "the political situations have always been subjected to change and it is not possible to crosscheck the entire history of a political party while forging an alliance. Our aim is to create a secular front at the national level based on the present scenario and then align with a major political front at the Centre."

The national council meeting condemned the NDA move to bring in a uniform civil code terming it would affect the plurality of the country. The meet passed a resolution against the rising atrocities against the Dalits and minorities. There is total lawlessness in the country and breakdown in constitutional values. This is visible from the fact that the Centre is now trying to confuse the people when it failed to convince the public on all fronts, said Prof K M Mohideen, national president, IUML.

The IUML national general council also made an amendment to its constitution to form three more affiliated organisations. The party would form an All India Farmers Forum and an All India Professional Forum at the national level to raise the issues of farmers and professionals. Further, an All-India Muslim Cultural Centre will be formed taking a cue from the Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC), a global organisation of Muslims from Kerala, said K M Mohideen.

The office-bearers of the party criticised the reluctance of the Left in Kerala in forging a secular alliance against fascist forces. The national council meeting re-elected Kunhalikutty as general secretary and Khader Moideen as national president. E T Mohammed Basheer MP has been retained as the national organising secretary. P V Abdul Wahab MP has been chosen the national treasurer of the party.

The other office-bearers include national secretaries Abdussamad Samadani, Siraj Ebrahim Sajit, Shahansha Jahangir, S Naim Akhtar and Khorrum A Omer and assistant secretaries H Abdul Basit and Kausar Hayat Khan.

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