More than 40 months after abandoning the alliance with jailed Islamist Abdul Nasser Madaniâ€™s PDP in the context of the heavy price it had to pay for that friendship in the last Lok Sabha election, the CPI(M) is now trying to re-establish that link by cooperating with the â€œJustice for Madaniâ€ campaign which is presently gaining strength in Kerala. Observers view the presence of CPI(M) Politburo member and former State Minister MA Baby at the â€œMalabar Sangamamâ€, organised by the PDP at Puthanathani in Muslim-majority Malappuram district the other day to garner support for its â€œJustice for Madaniâ€ campaign, as a clear indication of the Marxistsâ€™ determination to re-establish that connection. The CPI(M) move has already triggered a race among the political parties of Kerala to be seen as supporters of efforts to force the Karnataka Government to provide Madani, lodged presently at the Parappana Agrahara prison outside Bangalore as an accused in the 2008 serial blasts case, with â€œproperâ€ medical treatment and other facilities. Prominent among these parties is the Indian Union Muslim League, Madaniâ€™s biggest ideological enemy and the second largest constituent of the Congress-led ruling UDF. The Muslim League has already formally announced that it would request Kerala Governmentâ€™s intervention to ensure proper medical care and other facilities for the PDP chairman. The CPI(M), which was in power when Madani was arrested first in the Coimbatore serial blasts case and then in the Bangalore bombings case, has now joined the â€œSave Madaniâ€ initiative of the PDP out of the understanding that it is the only way presently available to it to try to make inroads into the Muslim vote-bank in Kerala. Despite the objections aired by the LDF allies, the neo-liberalist official leadership of the CPI(M) had gone ahead with an informal but open alliance with the PDP in the last Lok Sabha election. Instead of withdrawing from it when criticisms intensified, State CPI(M) secretary Pinarayi Vijayan reaffirmed that friendship by sharing a stage with Madani himself. Even the central leadership of the CPI(M) had admitted that the alliance with the PDP in the Lok Sabha polls had caused huge losses to the Left, particularly to the party. However, it is now left with no other option but to re-align with the PDP in the name of Madani as it is time for preparing for the next general elections, observers say. Marxists join campaign for Madani to woo Muslims *** Will SP, RJD be far behind?