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Kerala: Voting begins in Malappuram bypoll

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Source: Hindustan Times

The by-election in Kerala’s Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency began early on Wednesday morning.

Malappurram is a Muslim dominated area and the bypoll were necessitated due to the death Indian Union Muslim League’s (IUML) E Ahamed, who had won by roughly 2 lakh votes in 2014.

Those contesting fir the Lok Sabha seats are, BJP candidate P Sreeprakash, IUML’s MLA P K Kunhalikutty and CPI (M)’s young leader M B Faisal.

Meanwhile,  Sreeprakash, who is also BJP district secretary for the region, had promised “quality beef within the legal framework” for the constituency if he wins.

State general secretary K Surendran had also said it was “surprising that neither CPI (M) nor IUML is addressing minority issues specific to Malappuram.” CPI (M) and IUML candidates had campaigned for themselves as protectors of Muslims and secularism against rising “BJP threat”.

“The BJP victories in Muslim-dominated areas of UP are disturbing. It has created a sense of insecurity among Muslims,” IUML MLA and former Kerala minister M Ali had said at a rally in Karinkallathani village.

 

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