Mehr News – MP Ali Motahhari said that he welcomes his removal from the principlist Majlis majority faction, saying his expulsion will prepare the ground for the establishment of an independent faction composed of moderate reformists and principlists.
The distinguished principlist, who is a vocal critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s policies, made the remarks in response to the faction’s decision to reconsider Motahhari’s qualifications for membership in the principlist faction.
“If persons like me are expelled from the principlist faction, nothing but flattery and sycophancy will remain in the faction, and I will welcome any decision they make,” Motahhari said on the sidelines of the Majlis session on Tuesday.
“The expulsion is an auspicious event to steer the principlism back into the right path,” he said.
Now it becomes possible to form a new political group made up of moderate reformists and principlists, he added.As the grounds for not attending the session of faction’s arbitration council, he said “I told them because you made the issue public and made insulting remarks, I cannot attend the council’s session.”
Motahhari has been bitterly attacked by some fellow principlists due to his remarks on the disrespect to Hassan Khomeini, accusing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the involvement in a preplanned scheme to force Imam Khomeini’s grandson to abandon his speech.
During his speech in Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum at the ceremony on June 4 to mark the 21st death anniversary of Imam, a number of hecklers interrupted Hassan Khomeini’s speech by shouting slogans.
The move has outraged many revolutionary figures and provoked a storm of criticism by reformists and moderate principlists.