E. Ahamed to contest from Kerala’s Malappuram seat

March 6th, 2009 - 10:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Malappuram (Kerala), March 6 (IANS) Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed was Friday nominated by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) to contest elections from Kerala’s newly formed Malappuram Lok Sabha seat.
IUML supremo Panakkad Syed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal announced Ahamed’s nomination at his residence here. He said former state education minister E.T. Mohammed Basheer has been nominated to contest from the Ponani seat, from where Ahamed has been elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004.

The 70-year-old was first elected to the Lok Sabha from the Manjeri seat in 1991, which he held till 2004.

Prior to being elected to the Lok Sabha, Ahamed was a five-time legislator and also was the state industries minister from 1982 to 1987 in K. Karunakaran’s cabinet.

Basheer, who has been nominated to contest from Ponani, is a four-time legislator and was state education minister twice (1991-96 and 2004-06). The 62-year-old, however, lost the elections to the Tirur assembly seat in May 2006.

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