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AP Abdullakutty announces BJP candidate for Malappuram Lok Sabha by poll

The BJP on Monday nominated the party’s national vice-president AP Abdullakutty as it is the official candidate in the by-election for Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.

The constituency became vacant after the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MP PK Kunhalikutty resigned from the Lok Sabha to contest the upcoming assembly elections in the state. The LS by-election in Malappuram is scheduled to take place on 6 April, the same day voting takes place in Kerala to form the next government.

This is the first time Abdullakutty will be in the electoral fray for BJP since his entry into the party in 2019. He was promoted as the party’s national vice-president in September 2020 and is seen as the most prominent Muslim face. Kerala.
The BJP on Monday nominated the party’s national vice-president AP Abdullakutty as it is the official candidate in the by-election for Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.

The constituency became vacant after the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MP PK Kunhalikutty resigned from the Lok Sabha to contest the upcoming assembly elections in the state. The LS by-election in Malappuram is scheduled to take place on 6 April, the same day voting takes place in Kerala to form the next government.

This is the first time Abdullakutty will be in the electoral fray for BJP since his entry into the party in 2019. He was promoted as the party’s national vice-president in September 2020 and is seen as the most prominent Muslim face. Kerala.
Abdullakutty, who hails from Kannur, was a two-time CPM MP representing the Kannur Lok Sabha constituency between 1999 and 2009. He was also the State President of SFI, President of Students Association of CPM. However, he was expelled from the CPM in 2009, following the public acclaim of the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi.
Subsequently, he joined the Congress and was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly from Kannur for two terms between 2009 and 2016. In the 2016 elections, he secured a Congress ticket from Thalassery, but lost to CPM’s AN Shamsheer.

In May 2019, he once again praised Modi and credited the subsequent victory to development programs such as the Ujjwala Yojana. Bypassing himself in the Congress, he left the party to join the BJP.
Meanwhile, CPM is likely to name SFI national president VP Sanu as it is a candidate in the Malappuram by-election. A source close to Sanu confirmed the news and said a formal announcement would be made by the party on 10 March. The party is likely to announce candidates for the assembly elections on the same day. Last-minute discussions on some seats are proceeding in Thiruvananthapuram.

In the 2019 election, Sanu lost to Kunhalikutty in Malappuram, a stronghold of the IUML by a huge margin of 2.6 lakh votes.

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