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Thursday, 22 April 2021 10.19 PM IST

It is better not to field Muslim women, or else face consequences: Sunni leader warns IUML

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MALAPPURAM: Opposing Muslim League fielding women in the elections, Sunni leader Samad Pookottur said it is better not to field Muslim women in the public sector and that they could contest in reserved seats in unavoidable circumstances.

The SYS state secretary said that it should be reconsidered whether Muslim women should contest in the general category seats. It is very difficult for a woman with a family burden to compete. Muslim League can take a decision in this regard. Samad Pookottur warned of consequences if another decision is taken.

The League had denied women candidature in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections citing opposition from religious organizations. Even after 10 years of reservation for women in local bodies, the representation of women candidates in elections is still undecided.

The first and last woman candidate in the history of the Muslim League contested the Assembly in 1996. Khamarunnisa, who contested in Kozhikode-2, lost to Elamaram Karim of the CPM by 8766 votes.

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