Congress sacks senior Kerala leader AP Abdullakutty for praising Narendra Modi in Facebook post

The Congress party on Monday sacked its senior Kerala leader and former MP and MLA AP Abdullakutty for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Facebook post. Abdullakutty had in a Facebook post said that the secret of what made Narendra Modi popular is Gandhian values. He also praised the Modi governments several welfare schemes like Swachh Bharat and Ujwala Yojana. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Mullapally Ramachandran said that the party had issued a show cause notice to Abdullakutty asking for an explanation, but he didnt respond. Ramachandran noted that Abdullakutty acted against the party line by making statements against its interest and sentiments. He (Abdullakutty) was making insulting remarks against senior Congress leaders through the media, thus violating the party discipline, the Congress Kerala unit chief said. When Abdullakutty was asked about the Congress show cause notice over the post, he denied receiving it. According to the Congress, the party once again sent him the notice via email. However, Abdullakutty again refused to respond to the same following which he was expelled. In this circumstance, Abdullakutty has been expelled from the party with immediate effect, Ramachandran said. When asked about Congress decision to expel him, he said, I expected it from Mullappally Ramachandran (KPCC President). I am not an opportunist. I am a person who took a stand on developmental issues. The article said that Abdullakutty was upset with the party after he was denied a ticket to contest from Kasaragod in the just-concluded general elections. Like a migratory bird, Abdullakutty came to Congress from CPI(M) riding on hopes of being in power. He is pinning his hopes on the saffron party to migrate there. It is better to drop Abdullakutty who plans to contest as a BJP candidate from Manjeshwar Assembly seat, Earlier in 2009, the CPI(M) had expelled Abdullakutty after he lauded Narendra Modis work as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. At that time, it was reported that he may join the BJP but he joined the Congress. Abdullakutty is a two-time CPI(M) MP and two-time Congress MLA.