Kerala: IUML demands ministerial berth for Anoop
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Last Updated: Monday, April 02, 2012, 14:26
Malappuram: IUML, the second largest constituent of the ruling Congress-led UDF, has extended full support to Kerala Congress (Jacob) demand for a ministerial berth for its nominee Anoop Jacob, MLA.

This was disclosed by KC(J) chairman Johny Nellore after he and Anoop Jacob, MLA, elected from Piravom constituency in the march by-poll, met Indian Union Muslim League State President, Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal at Panakkad Monday.

Nellore said Thangal extended his party's full support for Anoop Jacob's ministership and described as just IUML's demand for a fifth ministerial berth in the ministry. The ministerial positions of KC(J) and IUML should not be mingled, he said.

He said there was no reason to prolong the swearing-in of Anoop and added that he expects Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to announce the swearing-in date at the earliest.

The delay in swearing-in was causing dissatisfaction among people of Piravam as UDF had canvassed with the promise that Anoop would be made minister after the election, Nellore said.

Thangal said IUML was confident that the party would get the fifth ministerial berth.

IUML has been pressing for the fifth minister ever since the UDF Government came into power last year.

KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala had recently stated that the KPCC leadership meeting and Political affairs committee meeting at Thiruvananthapuram on April 3 would discuss the IUML's demand.

At present IUML has four ministers--P K Kunhalikutty, Dr M K Muneer, V K Ibrahim Kunju and P K Abdu Rabb- in the UDF ministry.


First Published: Monday, April 02, 2012, 14:26

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