IUML announces candidate list for Kerala elections; to field female candidate after 25 years

IUML announces candidate list for Kerala elections; to field female candidate after 25 years

Advocate Noorbina Rasheed, who is the Muslim Women League’s national general secretary, will contest the Assembly election from Kozhikode South

Finalising their candidate list, the Indian Union Muslim League has announced their final candidate list of 27 candidates — three more than the last time — including a women candidate after 25 years. Advocate Noorbina Rasheed, who is the Muslim Women League’s national general secretary, will contest the Assembly election from Kozhikode South, said the party’s state president Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal.

The IUML also enforced the three-term rule — where candidates who have finished three terms cannot contest in this election — within their leadership giving flexibility to just three people — PK Kunhalikutty (Vengara), KPA Majeed (Thiroorangadi), and MK Muneer (Koduvally). Moreover, the party’s candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha bypoll in Malappuram is Abdusamad Samadani and the Rajya Sabha seat is for PV Abdul Wahab.

Ibrahim Kunju’s son VE Abdul Gafoor will contest from his father’s seat Kalamassery for the election, and speaking to the media, Kunju explained that Gafoor was not selected because he is his son. “I am thankful for the party for having given me many chances to represent the people, and even be minister twice. I am also thankful for giving Gafoor a chance, but I can ensure that he wasn’t selected because he is my son. Gafoor is a practising High Court lawyer and has his importance within the party hierarchy. I know that he would do well as an elected member,” a tearful Kunju told media persons.

Moreover, the party leadership is yet to announce the candidates for the Punalur/Chadayamangalam and Perambra seats, as the alliance is yet to decide if the League will take Punalur or Chadayamangalam. The leaders have informed that the announcement will be made when the decision has been taken.

Here is the full list:

1. Manjeshwaram: AKM Ashraf

2. Kasargod: NA Nellikunnu

3. Azhikode: KM Shaji

4. Koothuparambu: Pottankandi Abdulla

5. Kuttiadi: Parakkal Abdullah

6. Kozhikode South: Adv Noorbina Rashid

7. Kunthamangalam: Dinesh Perumanna (UDF Independent candidate)

8. Thiruvambady: CP Cheriya Muhammad

9. Malappuram: P Ubaidullah

10. Vallikunnu: P Abdul Hameed Master

11. Kondotty: TV Ibrahim

12. Ernad: PK Basheer

13. Manjeri: Adv UA Latif

14. Perinthalmanna: Najeeb Kanthapuram

15. Tanur: PK Feroz

16. Kottakkal: KK Abid Hussain Thangal

17. Mankada: Manjalamkuzhi Ali

18. Vengara: PK Kunhalikutty

19. Tirur: Kurukkoli Moitheen

20. Guruvayur: Adv KNA Khader

21. Thiroorangadi: KPA Majeed

22. Mannarkkad: Adv N Shamsuddin

23. Kalamassery: Adv VE Gafoor

24. Koduvally: Dr MK Muneer

25. Kongad: UC Raman

26. Punalur/Chadayamangalam: This Will be announced later

27. Perambra: This Will be announced later

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