KC(M) succession battle ends up in courtroom

Written By Anoop Sai Bandi | Updated: June 18, 2019 20:07 IST
KC(M) succession battle ends up in courtroom

A day after a parallel meeting of the Kerala Congress (M) State committee members anointed Jose K. Mani as their chairman, the opposing faction of the party secured a court order preventing him from officiating as the chairman.

The Munsiff Court, Thodupuzha, passed a temporary prohibitory injunction in this regard on Monday on a plea submitted by Philip Stephen and Manohar Naduviladath, two KC(M) State committee members from Idukki.
The Munsiff Court also admitted the plea of the petitioners to prevent Mr. Mani “from discharging any functions attached to the office of the chairman of the Kerala Congress (M), including holding of party committee meetings, taking disciplinary actions against party office-bearers and workers, sending letter to the Election Commission of India or any other statutory authority intimating the so-called election of Mr. Mani as the party chairman or any such other matters based on the said election till the disposal of the suit.”
Mr. Mani reached the KC(M) State committee office in the evening and took the party chairman’s chair, and installed his name board in front of the chairman’s room.
Regarding the court order, the Mani faction said they were yet to come across the document.
“I have been elected as the party chairman by a meeting attended by majority of the State committee members. If anyone holds a different opinion, let them approach the ECI, which is the appropriate forum for deciding such matters,” Mr. Mani said.
The opposing faction led by working chairman P.J. Joseph held a meeting in the State capital to decide on their future course of action.
The court order came after the Mani faction intimated the Election Commission of India about the election of the new party chairman.
In a letter, sent by K.I. Antony who had convened the State committee meeting the other day, it was stated that Mr. Mani was selected as the party chairman in ‘a special meeting’ of the KC(M) State committee.
Meanwhile, Tony Thottam, a KC(M) councillor in the Pala municipality on Monday alleged that he received a death threat over phone for abstaining from the parallel State committee meeting in Kottayam.
Mr. Thottam said the person, purportedly calling from the U.K., threatened to target him and his school-going children.
Speculations are also rife about the Left Democratic Front attempting to woo the Mani faction.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: December 08, 2019 12:22 IST
Police abruptly withdraw security to retired High Court Judge B Kemal Pasha

The Kerala police "abruptly withdrew" security provided to retired High Court judge Justice B Kemal Pasha on Saturday.
He alleged that they withdrew security at a time when he was facing threat from Islamic State's terror operatives in Kerala.
The retired judge said four armed police guards deputed for his personal security had withdrawn by the government.
When contacted, he said, "The decision had taken at the Home Secretary-level on Friday. The police personnel left me ending their service today (Saturday)."
The retired High Court judge Justice B Kemal Pasha, who had been vocal against the CPM-led LDF government's 'failure' in handling various cases, sources said here.
Alleging the security has withdrawn for raising voices against the policies of the government over various issues including the alleged killing of four Maoists in an encounter by police in Attappadi recently, the eminent jurist said he would continue to protest its 'wrong policies'.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: November 08, 2019 16:46 IST
Free Internet to 2 million poor households by 2020: Kerala Government

The Kerala government on Wednesday approved the project under which nearly two million families below the poverty line will get free access to high-speed internet by December 2020.

Now, 20 lakh poor can access the internet for free in Kerala after the state cabinet made the internet connection a basic citizen right, similar to water, food, and education.
The path has now cleared to provide internet access to every household in the state. It comes in line with the directions by the United Nations (UN), which believes every country must provide free internet access to every citizen so as to exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion.
"Internet connection (has been) made a basic citizen right," Kerala's Finance Minister Thomas Isaac tweeted. The project will ensure that there is internet service in every household of Kerala, Isaac added.
In March 2017, the budget of the most literate state in the country proposed a project aiming to provide internet free of cost to 20 lakh poor families and at subsidized rates to others.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: October 30, 2019 16:52 IST
Top Tamil Nadu Maoist leader killed in Kerala, encounter ongoing for 2nd day

A top Maoist leader from Tamil Nadu got killed in an encounter between Maoists and policemen that continued for the second day on Tuesday at the Attappadi forest, Kerala. The police said that three Maoists got killed earlier and the policemen have engaged in the inquest of their bodies when some other Maoists attacked the policemen, triggering a fresh gunfight.

According to the Kerala police, Maoists fired at the Thunderbolt patrolling team inside the forest areas of Attapadi Hills of Palakkad early Monday morning. In retaliation, the Thunderbolt forces fired back, killing three Maoists, including a woman.
The police had launched an operation to look for the missing fourth Maoist. But had to abandon it due to rain and darkness, a senior commando police officer told.
On Tuesday morning, when the Revenue Divisional Officer and local administration reached the encounter spot to identify the bodies, they have attacked again. The team had to take defensive positions and retaliate, killing one more Maoist.
The police identified two out of the four slain Maoists. One was Karthick from Tamil Nadu and the woman member was Jyoti from Karnataka. The identities of the other two deceased are yet to ascertain.
Police sources said the Maoists belonged to the Kabani Dal.