Kerala: Woman doctor falls victim to political rivalry

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Mar 21, 2017, 1:50 am IST
Updated Mar 21, 2017, 6:57 am IST
CPM men allegedly prevented the functioning of her clinic after her mother contested as Cong candidate.
Dr Neetha P Nambiar
 Dr Neetha P Nambiar

KOZHIKODE: A young woman ayurveda  doctor at Kalliassery, Kannur,  has become the victim of  political rivalry in the CPM-dominated area.  The  CPM men have allegedly prevented the smooth    functioning of Dr Neetha P. Nambiar’s   clinic in the town after her  mother contested the last local body elections as a Congress candidate in Kalliassery panchayat.  They destroyed the  furniture and equipment in the clinic  and disconnected  the electricity.  They also damaged the sign board to the clinic that she set up on the premises of her house later and turned away the patients. Though she complained to the  Kannapuram police,  no action was taken, it is alleged.

The  doctor had started her private practice in a rented room on the first floor of the building in May 2015 and some women were running a hotel—Gramasree--on the ground floor.  They had a tiff over sharing the  electricity bill and  the issue was taken up by the CPM, which held a public meeting at  Kalliassery in June last year.    Dr Neetha said that she had a good relationship with the women  members of the DYFI earlier and had supported the free medical camp organised by them.

“However, when my mother Bhanumathi Vidyadharan  contested as a Congress candidate in the panchayat elections, the CPM turned against me.  The women running the hotel, led by DYFI leader P.P. Divya,   approached the State Women’s Commission complaining against me.    She also organised the public meeting  against me in the town.  However, their complaint was turned down for lack of evidence,” said Dr Neetha. CPM district secretary P. Jayarajan dismissed any political involvement in the matter.  

“The  issue between the doctor and the women was  there for  some time,”  he said. Kannur DCC president Satheesan Pacheni said that the BJP had tried to fish in troubled waters  when  its  state president Kummanam Rajasekharan visited  the place. “The  KPCC and DCC have supported the family financially, which has  irked the local CPM leaders. However, the Congress will protect the interest of a family that has come out boldly to contest in a CPM-dominated area,” he said.

Location: India, Kerala




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