IUML MLA dis­qual­i­fied for us­ing re­li­gion to win 2016 elec­tion

■ LDF can­di­date Nikesh Ku­mar al­leged that Shaji se­cured a win by a mar­gin of 2,287 votes us­ing re­li­gion and other cor­rupt prac­tices

The Hitavada - - NATION -

THE Ker­ala High Court on Fri­day dis­qual­i­fied an In­dian Union Mus­lim League (IUML) MLA on a plea claim­ing that he used re­li­gion to win the Assem­bly polls in 2016. Dis­qual­i­fy­ing K M Shaji, who had won the elec­tions from Azhikode Assem­bly con­stituency in 2016, for six years, Jus­tice P D Ra­jan di­rected the Ker­ala Assem­bly Speaker and the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.

The court gave the judge­ment on a plea filed by Left Demo­cratic Front (LDF) can­di­date M V Nikesh Ku­mar, who con­tested the elec­tion against Shaji.

IUML is a part­ner of the Congress-led Op­po­si­tion United Demo­cratic Front (UDF) in the State. In his pe­ti­tion, Nikesh Ku­mar al­leged that Shaji se­cured a win by a mar­gin of 2,287 votes us­ing cor­rupt prac­tices. He ac­cused Shaji of hav­ing vi­o­lated norms pre­scribed un­der var­i­ous sec­tions of Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act to win the elec­tions.

Nikesh had al­leged that an ap­peal was made to vot­ers by Shaji, who be­longs to the Mus­lim com­mu­nity, his agents and other per­sons to vote for the United Demo­cratic Front can­di­date on grounds of his re­li­gion. He had also charged that pam­phlets were cir­cu­lated in the con­stituency urg­ing peo­ple not to vote for a can­di­date who is not a be­liever of the Is­lamic faith. NOTED Marathi ac­tor and the­atre per­son­al­ity Lalan

Sarang died due to agere­lated ail­ments at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal here on

Fri­day, her fam­ily sources said. Lalan Sarang was 79. Sarang is sur­vived by son Rakesh and his fam­ily, they said.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources, she was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal around a month back as she was suf­fer­ing from age-re­lated ail­ments.

Sarang was born on De­cem­ber 26, 1938 in Mum­bai into a mid­dle class fam­ily, which had no back­ground in cin­ema or the­atre.

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