Kozhikode: The IUML was optimistic of getting
a fifth ministerial berth in the Congress-led UDF Government
in Kerala, a senior party leader said on Sunday.
The demand for the fifth ministerial berth remained and the
party was optimistic of getting it. "There is no opposition
(to the demand) from any other front constituent," IUML State
General Secretary Mohammed Bashir told reporters here after
the party Secretariat meeting.
IUML is the second largest partner in the United Democratic
Front and had won 20 seats in the recent assembly elections.
Replying to a question, he said the meeting did not discuss
about the recent Union Cabinet reshuffle.
IUML had expected an elevation to cabinet rank or an
independent portfolio for its nominee E Ahamed, now Minister
of State for External Affairs, in the reshuffle. However,
Ahamed was given additional charge of HRD Ministry.
State IUML President Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal
presided over the meeting attended among others by Kerala
Industries Minister PK Kunhalikutty, Education Minister
Abdurab and state General Secretary KPA Majeed.