Kerala Mujahid factions to formally unite after 14 years break

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Kozhikode, December 17
After a 14 years hiatus, two major Mujahid factions in Kerala will formally unite at a mega congregation to be witnessed by, among others, top leaders of different political entities and representatives from social cultural arenas in the state at Kozhikode beach on December 20.
Announcing details of the merger, ‘maha sammelan’ leaders M Mohammed Madani, A Asgarali and Media Convener Nizar Olavanna said besides them, large section of people from across the state would participate in the meet beginning at 1630 hrs. The unification meet assumes significance as the two factions — Kerala Nadavathul Majahidin and the breakaway faction of KNM (Markazu-DHAVA) — led by T P Abdullakoya Madani and Hussain Madavur respectively — are coming together after burying the hatchet after 14 years, they said.
The Mujahid outfits in the state had vertically split on ideological and political issues in August 2002. Top leaders expected to participate in the merger meet are Opposition leader in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala of Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) state Secretary and former Home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, IUML All India President and former Union Minister E Ahamed, MP, former Union Minister and Janata Dal (United) State President M P Veeredra Kumar, MP, IUML all India Treasurer P K Kunhalikutty, BJP leader P S Sreedharan Pillai, CPI leader Benoy Viswam and E T Mohammed Basheer, MP, they said. KNM state President T P Abdullakoya Madani will inaugurate the meet to be presided over by C P Umer Sullami, they added.

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