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Kamala Suraiyya floats political party
By Kallada Hamza, Calicut
renowned writer, Kamala Suraiyya, has formed a new political party called,
Lok Seva causing a stir in the political circles on the eve of the
Assembly elections in the state which has a 24 percent Muslim population.
Lok Seva's manifesto is based on the motto of ‘Truth and Love.’ The
party demands more free and fair elections. Suraiyya's popularity,
especially among Muslim women, has shot up after her embracing Islam.
Membership to Lok Seva is open to those who are below 30 years, having
moral and competitive aspirations to serve the country and the people.
Although Suraiyya as yet has no ambitious plans to nominate any of the
party members to contest in the coming assembly elections, as a leader she
is willing to support some candidates of other parties in consideration of
their past performance and credentials. She criticized both the UDF and
LDF party leaders who have failed to tackle vexed issues related to women
and the poor. Despite her cautious approach in nominating candidates from
her party, she announced her party's policy of supporting Sulaiman Rawther
in Idukki where he has done something for the benefits of the Adivasis (tribals)
and Devadathan. The party will field its activist, Mr. Abdul Rehman in
Scarcity of funds is a stumbling block for Suraiyya’s party in
contesting elections. She does not agree with her party members for
collecting funds from the people. The party collects only Rs. 5 as a
membership fee. The central government has not given her permission to
receive contributions from abroad.
In a state where criminality and corruption are rife in the political
life, Suraiyya pleads her partymen to hold the high morality, sincerity
and honesty as a principle to serve the country and the people.