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Elections end Gulf dream

Thiruvananthapuram, April 16: The heat of the Kerala elections seems to have spread to West Asia, too, which has a large Malayali population. So much so that a Congress supporter and a CPM loyalist came to blows at their work place in Saudi Arabia earlier this week, only to see their Gulf dreams cut short.

While one of them is cooling his heels in jail, the other risks being deported for allegedly flouting work conditions.

According to reports reaching here, Ravi Kumar, the Congress loyalist from Kodungallur in Thrissur district, and Mujeeb, a CPM supporter from Vadakara in Kozhikode district, were laying cables for Saudi Telephones at Rahmania when political rivalry brimmed over.

The duo, who had been expressing their political loyalties through social media, came to blows and one of them tried to bury the other in the sand, the reports said.

Police took them into custody and summoned their sponsors. It then emerged that Ravi had changed his sponsor without due intimation. Fearing legal consequences, the original sponsor “abandoned” him. Kumar will no longer be able to work in Saudi Arabia.

Mujeeb, the reports added, will have to be in jail for some more days till charges are finalised.