People’s Democratic Party (PDP) working chairman, Poonthura Siraj said that the fifth ministerial berth for Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is a closed chapter.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Siraj said that when leaders like V.D. Satheeshan and K. Muraleedharan were kept out of the Cabinet, another ministership for IUML was not a possibility.
Besides, the granting of the fifth ministerial berth to IUML will lead to a rupture in the communal amity in the State. “Already people in responsible positions have been trying to flare up Hindu communalism in the name of the fifth minister for IUML,” he alleged.
He demanded that State Government constitute a special police team in liaison with Karnataka DGP to inquire into the death of Ajmal, an engineering student who died of burn injuries in Karnataka. “The team should probe more and more such incidents being reported from Karnataka by visiting that State," he said.
To a query he said, though his party was in agreement with many of the ideologies of the Samajawadi Party, there was no discussions on PDP’s merger with SP. The State delegate meeting of the PDP will be organised here on April 11 to finalise the agitation seeking justice for Abdul Nasar Maudany, whose health has worsened in the Bangalore jail where he is currently lodged.
About 1,200 delegates are expected to attend the meeting. A human rights mahasangamam will be organised at Kollam on April 30 demanding that the life of Mr. Maudany be protected. The party’s 19-th birthday will be celebrated as flag day on April 14, he added.