Kerala HC sets aside IUML MLA KM Shaji's election
Kochi (Kerala) Nov 9 : The Kerala High Court on Friday set aside the election of Indian Union Muslim Leauge (IUML) leader KM Shaji as MLA from Azhikode seat in the May 2016 Assembly polls for allegedly making derogatory and communal remarks during his campaign. The verdict also disqualifies him to contest the elections for next six years. He has also been stripped of all benefits, which he was entitled for as an MLA.
After the announcement of the verdict, Shaji, while speaking to ANI, said, "I have proved my secular credentials with my life. How did the court come to such a conclusion is still unknown to me. The petitioner is a highly manipulative person, who is an accused in many cases of forgery. This was expected from him. He could have resorted to better ways to counter me."
He added, "I am not that foolish to release posters, asking people not to vote for non-Muslim candidates. The officer in-charge of the election was one who was included in the corruption case." It is worth mentioning that MV Nikesh Kumar had lost to KM Shaji from Azhikode seat in the Assembly polls held in May 2016.