India Today - - EAR TO THE GROUND -

The UPA’s 75-year-old Union Min­is­ter of State for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, E. Ahamed, des­per­ately wants one last shot at the hus­tings. There is a mi­nor com­pli­ca­tion though—his party, the In­dian Union Mus­lim League (IUML) wants him to re­tire. Ahamed met Ker­ala IUML chief Panakkad Hy­drali Shi­hab Than­gal to say that he was well and had no se­ri­ous health is­sues that could come in the way of re-con­test­ing the forth­com­ing polls from Malap­pu­ram. But the truth is that it’s not on health grounds that the party wants him out. It sim­ply wants to re­place him for be­ing an “in­com­pe­tent MP”.

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