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 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.