Suspended CPI-M MP to join Territorial Army

January 23rd, 2009 - 6:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Narendra ModiKozhikode (Kerala), Jan 23 (IANS) Suspended Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Lok Sabha member A.P. Abdulla Kutty is all set to join the Territorial Army (TA).Kutty told reporters Friday that he passed the written exam and the interview for commissioning into the TA.

“Some more formalities are to be completed and I am waiting for that. I got interested in this after my friend and Congress lawmaker K.P.Singh Deo impressed upon me. We used to play cricket together in parliament,” Kutty said.

The Territorial Army in India is an organisation of volunteers who receive military training for a few days in a year so that in case of an emergency they can be mobilised for the defence of the country. It is a second line of defence after the regular Indian Army.

The CPI-M suspended Kutty from the party last week for a year after he hailed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s development initiatives.

The decision to suspend Kutty, who represents the Kannur Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, was taken by the CPI-M’s Mayyil Area Committee.

Kutty’s controversial remarks came during an interview with a leading Malayalam TV channel in Dubai where he was to attend a festival.

Kutty said after completing the formal armed forces training, he would join the TA Battalion in his home town Kannur.

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