The Congress had always maintained that the CPI(M) had hijacked the mission by converting the government's unique poverty alleviation programme into a political tool. Speakers at the meeting pointed out that Dr. Muneer's decisions helped further the political interests of the CPI(M), rather than that of the United Democratic Front's. At several ‘ayalkootams', members did not have the right to vote, they pointed out. Similarly, there was no reservation in the elections to the ayalkootam societies but this was introduced in the last minute at the time of elections to the community development societies. They alleged that officials had been given a freehand in the conducted of the elections.