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P. K. Kunhalikutty
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P. K. Kunhalikutty in January 2016
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) for Malappuram
Assumed office
17 July 2017
Preceded byE. Ahamed
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
2011–2017
Succeeded byK. N. A. Khader
ConstituencyVengara
In office
1991–2006
Succeeded byK. T. Jaleel
ConstituencyKuttippuram
Minister for Industries and Information Technology, Kerala
In office
23 May 2011 – 19 May 2016
Minister for Industries, IT & Social Welfare
In office
2004–2005
Minister for Industries and Municipalities
In office
1995–1996
Minister for Industries and Social Welfare
In office
1991–1995
Personal details
Born (1951-06-01) 1 June 1951 (age 69)
Oorakam, Madras State, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian Union Muslim League
ChildrenP. K. Ashik (son)
ResidencePanakkadu, Malappuram
WebsiteMember of Parliament from Malappuram Parliament Constituency of the Indian state Kerala. He also serves as National General Secretary, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) from 2007.[1][2] He is a member of Standing Committee on Railways, Government of India.[3]

Kunhalikutty was born at Oorakam in Madras State in 1951. He entered politics through Muslim Students Federation (the MSF), the student wing of Indian Union Muslim League. He served as Secretary, Farook College Students Union, Kozhikode. He subsequently served as Chairman, Malappuram Municipality - at the age of 29 - in 1980.[1][2]

Kunhalikutty was elected to the Kerala state Legislative Assembly for the first time from the Malappuram Constituency in 1982.[1][2] He went on to become Member, Kerala Legislative Assembly for seven times between 1982 and 2016. He also served as Minister for Industries in several Kerala Legislative Assemblies (under Congress leaders K. Karunakaran, A. K. Antony and Oommen Chandy).[1][2] Kunhalikutty served as General Secretary, Kerala State, Indian Union Muslim League from 2003 - 2006 and 2007 to 2011.[3]

Kunhalikutty is popularly known as "Kunjappa" among his supporters.[4] He is known for his deep "bonding" to United Democratic Front, the decades-old Congress-lead pre-poll alliance in Kerala.[4] As per Malayala Manorama daily, "the persuasive charm" of Kunhalikutty is widely respected by his political peers and rivals.[4] He is also known for his "vast experience in crafting strategic moves", and having "weathered many a storm in his political career".[5] The Outlook magazine once described Kunhalikutty as "Indian Union Muslim League's backbone in Kerala politics."[6]

Background and career

P. K. Kunhalikutty was born on 1 January 1951 at Oorakam, Melmuri in present-day Malappuram District as the son of Pandikkadavath Mohamed Haji and K. P. Fathima Kutty.[3] He completed his secondary education from G. V. H. S. S Vengara. He has an under-graduate degree in Commerce from Sir Syed College, Thaliparamba. He was also educated at Farook College, Kozhikode.[3] He is also a Post-Graduate Diploma holder in Business Management.[1][2]<

Kunhalikutty was born at Oorakam in Madras State in 1951. He entered politics through Muslim Students Federation (the MSF), the student wing of Indian Union Muslim League. He served as Secretary, Farook College Students Union, Kozhikode. He subsequently served as Chairman, Malappuram Municipality - at the age of 29 - in 1980.[1][2]

Kunhalikutty was elected to the Kerala state Legislative Assembly for the first time from the Malappuram Constituency in 1982.[1][2] He went on to become Member, Kerala Legislative Assembly for seven times between 1982 and 2016. He also served as Minister for Industries in several Kerala Legislative Assemblies (under Congress leaders K. Karunakaran, A. K. Antony and Oommen Chandy).[1][2] Kunhalikutty served as General Secretary, Kerala State, Indian Union Muslim League from 2003 - 2006 and 2007 to 2011.[3]

Kunhalikutty is popularly known as "Kunjappa" among his supporters.[4] He is known for his deep "bonding" to United Democratic Front, the decades-old Congress-lead pre-poll alliance in Kerala.[4] As per Malayala Manorama daily, "the persuasive charm" of Kunhalikutty is widely respected by his political peers and rivals.[4] He is also known for his "vast experience in crafting strategic moves", and having "weathered many a storm in his political career".[5] The Outlook magazine once described Kunhalikutty as "Indian Union Muslim League's backbone in Kerala politics."[6]

P. K. Kunhalikutty was born on 1 January 1951 at Oorakam, Melmuri in present-day Malappuram District as the son of Pandikkadavath Mohamed Haji and K. P. Fathima Kutty.[3] He completed his secondary education from G. V. H. S. S Vengara. He has an under-graduate degree in Commerce from Sir Syed College, Thaliparamba. He was also educated at Farook College, Kozhikode.[3] He is also a Post-Graduate Diploma holder in Business Management.[1][2]

Personal life

Kunhalikutty is married to K. M. Ummul Kulza[3] and the couple have two children [1][2]

He spends his spare time in vegetable cultivation at a plot near his residence and in ornamental fish farming.[7]

Political career

Kunhalikutty is also the National General Secretary of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) from 2007.[1][2] He was National Treasurer, Indian Union Muslim League. He is also serving presently as Director, Chandrika daily and Director, Muhammed Koya International Foundation.[1][2] From May 2016 to April 2017, he served as Deputy Leader of Opposition, Kerala Legislative Assembly. From May 2017 to January 2018, he was a member in Committee on Government Assurances, Government of India.[3]

1980 Malappuram Municipality chairman<

Kunhalikutty is married to K. M. Ummul Kulza[3] and the couple have two children [1][2]

He spends his spare time in vegetable cultivation at a plot near his residence and in ornamental fish farming.[7]

Political career[7]

Kunhalikutty is also the National General Secretary of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) from 2007.[1][2] He was National Treasurer, Indian Union Muslim League. He is also serving presently as Director, Chandrika daily and Director, Muhammed Koya International Foundation.[1][2] From May 2016 to April 2017, he served as Deputy Leader of Opposition, Kerala Legislative Assembly. From May 2017 to January 2018, he was a member in Committee on Government Assurances, Government of India.[3]

1980 Malappuram Municipality chairman

Kunhalikutty went on to serve as Minister for Industries and Municipalities from 1995 to 1996, and Minister for Industries, IT and Social Welfare from 2001 to 2004, in two A. K. Antony Ministries and Minister for Industries, IT and Social Welfare, from 2004 to 2005 in the Oommen Chandy Ministry.[1][2]

Kunhalikutty served as General Secretary, Kerala State, Indian Union Muslim League from 2003 - 2006 and 2007 to 2011.[3]

Member of Parliament

Kunhalikutty got elected as Member of Parliament from Malappuram Constituency in 2017 in a bye-election.[8] The election was a result of the death of former Union Minister and senior IUML leader [5] As per observers, the selection was an indication of senior leader K. Karunakaran's regard for the young League politician.[4]

Kunhalikutty went on to serve as Minister for Industries and Municipalities from 1995 to 1996, and Minister for Industries, IT and Social Welfare from 2001 to 2004, in two A. K. Antony Ministries and Minister for Industries, IT and Social Welfare, from 2004 to 2005 in the Oommen Chandy Ministry.[1][2]

Kunhalikutty served as General Secretary, Kerala State, Indian Union Muslim League from 2003 - 2006 and 2007 to 2011.[3]

Member of Parliament

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Minister for Industries and Information Technology. Kerala.gov.in. Retrieved on 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Members – Kerala Legislature. Niyamasabha.org. Retrieved on 23 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d