Indian Union Muslim League’s nationwide General Secretary P.Okay. Kunhalikutty will resign as MP from Malappuram and contest the Kerala Assembly elections in 2021, the social gathering introduced on Wednesday.
Kunhalikutty will so give up that the by-election to Malapppuram Lok Sabha seat might be performed together with the state Assembly elections, social gathering’s state General Secretary Okay.P.A. Majeed advised a press convention.
The former state Industry Minister is taken into account essentially the most highly effective IUML chief within the state and is a significant trouble-shooter for the Congress-led United Democratic Front.
Highly-placed sources within the Muslim League advised IANS that the choice to area Kunhalikutty within the Assembly elections had been taken by the social gathering lengthy again as it is aware of that his acumen as an astute political strategist is critical for the Muslim League and the UDF.
The UDF had confronted a significant drubbing within the current native physique elections and voices of dissent appeared towards the state Congress management.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has already accused the Muslim League of taking on the mantle of the UDF and pushing the Congress to the background. The creation of Kunhalikutty in state politics is seen by many political analysts as a significant transfer of the League to take prominence in UDF affairs on the expense of the Congress.
However, the Congress leaders have welcomed the transfer, whereas its state chief Mullappally Ramachandran terming the transfer an inner resolution of the IUML.
With the passing away of veteran chief and Kerala Congress-Mani founcer Okay.M. Mani, Kunhalikutty has emerged as the kingmaker within the UDF and his return to Kerala politics has created a significant political stir within the state.
BJP state President Okay. Surendran, nonetheless, termed the choice of Kunhalikutty to resign from the Lok Sabha and contest the state elections as “unfortunate”.
“Kunhalikutty and the Muslim League are making a mockery of democracy. He resigned from the assembly seat and contested Lok Sabha elections and when he found that there is nothing he can do at New Delhi, he is quietly resigning the Lok Sabha seat and coming to Kerala to contest the Assembly polls,” he advised the media.
Surendran additionally claimed that the arrival of Kunhalikutty won’t carry any solace to the beleaguered UDF, including that the folks of the state has seen by way of the UDF recreation plan and clearly is aware of that it’s going to not be ready to tackle the Left Democratic Front.
The combat within the subsequent Assembly elections might be between the LDF and the NDA, he claimed.