A Dubai-based Indian organisation plans to charter flights for Kerala voters who wish to vote in the next month’s Lok Sabha elections.
The Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC), which has 50,300 members in the UAE — 20,500 of whom are in Dubai — would be flying Keralities, eligible to vote, on April 7.
“It is a one-way ticket on discounted rates to Kozhikode district. We are in talks with a private company as well as Air India and Air India Express to charter the flights. The facility is exclusively for Keralites,” Ebrahim Elettil, general secretary of the KMCC, told Gulf News.
He said the facility was available not only for KMCC members but also for non-members, provided they were from Kerala. The number of chartered flights will depend on the number of people who came forward to register for the facility, he said. Mr. Elettil, however, said the KMCC would not influence the voters who use the services. “An individual is free to vote for whoever he wishes. Our only aim is to make sure that Keralites living here get an opportunity to exercise their voting rights,” he said.