Mohammed Riyas, the nationwide president of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), is making his electoral debut within the Kerala meeting elections subsequent month. Mr Riyas, who’s son-in-law of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, will contest from Beypore, one of the vital safe seats of the CPI(M) in Kozhikode.
Mr Riyas, nevertheless, is just not the one candidate contesting the April 6 Assembly polls to be associated to a senior politician.
Plenty of politicians’ relations — together with sons, daughters and sons-in-law are hoping to money in on their legacy to ascertain join amongst voters.
In over 20 of the 140 seats, youngsters of former ministers and MLAs from the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and Opposition Congress-led UDF are testing the electoral waters this time, information company PTI reported.
At least three sons of former ministers – PE Abdul Gafoor (son of former minister Ibrahim Kunju), Sumesh Ok Achuthan (son of former Congress MLA Ok Achuthan) and LDF-Independent candidate Dr V Sujith (son of former MLA late N Vijayan Pillai) – are contesting the state polls, information company PTI reported.
While Congress chief Ok Muraleedharan, MP and Padmaja Venugopal, youngsters of former Chief Minister late Ok Karunakaran have been fielded from Nemom and Thrissur respectively, NCP’s Thomas Ok Thomas, brother of former minister Thomas Chandy, has been fielded from Kuttanad.
R Bindu, a school professor, spouse of CPI(M) secretary in cost, will contest from Irinjalakuda.
A Vijayaraghavan and P V Sreenijin (Kunnathunad), son-in-law of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Ok G Balakrishnan have been fielded by the LDF.
Jose Ok Mani, who joined the Left Front lately, is contesting from Pala, the pocket borough of his late father KM Mani, founder-leader of Kerala Congress (M). His brother-in-law M P Joseph, former IAS officer, in the meantime, is attempting his luck from Trikaripur as UDF candidate.
From the UDF camp, ex-ministers–M Ok Muneer (Koduvally), Shibu Baby John (Chavara) and Anoop Jacob (Piravom), whose fathers had been additionally ministers, and Ok S Sabarinathan (Aruvikkara), son of late Speaker G Karthikeyan, are among the many “star kids” within the fray.
The relations of politicians are testing electoral waters whilst a number of aspirants had been allegedly chilly shouldered.
Lathika Subhash, Congress’ ex-Mahila Morcha president, had give up the social gathering after she was denied a ticket by the UDF. She is now contesting as an unbiased from Ettumanoor.
Veteran Congress chief, Ok C Rosakutty too give up the social gathering and warmed as much as the rival entrance after she was ignored for the Kalpetta seat.
It’s a mirrored image of this sort of politics that’s present in political events regardless of ideology going after relations, Prabhash, former political science professor with the University of Kerala, was quoted as saying by information company PTI.
Advocate and political critic A Jayashankar, in the meantime, stated the pattern of fielding relations appears to be on the rise in Kerala. “It was more prevalent in UDF. In the previous UDF ministry, six ministers were sons of prominent yesteryear politicians,” he stated.
“Now, the Marxist party is also no exception. Pinarayi Vijayan’s son in law was given Beypore, one of the most sure seats of the CPI(M) in Kozhikode and V K C Mammed Koya, the incumbent MLA, was ignored,” he stated.
Mr Riyas had unsuccessfully contested within the 2009 common election from Kozhikode.
With inputs from PTI