The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has launched a search for candidates “with mass support and excellent winning chance” for the Assembly polls.
Members of the IUML State council were told at a meeting here on Thursday to find party men who could be considered to contest in the Assembly elections.
State general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty told the media that the need to field candidates with a strong chance of winning the election was emphasised by State president Syed Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal at the meeting.
Mr. Kunhalikutty said decentralisation of administration for which the local body polls were held recently had helped his party brush up its secular image.
The IUML was keen to further brighten its secular image. A certain amount of success in this matter had been already achieved in the local body elections. The party now had representatives from Dalits and other communities. It wanted to have representation cutting across professional and gender barriers also, he added.
The consultation with the State council members on Thursday was also aimed at strengthening the party's democratic character, Mr. Kunhalikutty said.
One post norm
It was also announced that party members who had been elected to executive posts in the local bodies would resign from party positions before January 30.
This was in line with the leadership's decision to enforce one person one post norm. Answering questions about the controversy surrounding the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court K.G. Balakrishnan, Mr. Kunhalikutty said there should be a thorough inquiry into the corruption charges but added until the charges were proved it would be unfair to jump to any conclusion.
“A probe is necessary because the people's faith in the judiciary is at stake. People's confidence in the judiciary should be protected,” he said.
He said it was up to the Indian National League (INL) to decide whether it should leave the LDF and join the UDF. The IUML would not try to influence its decision.
The IUML was of the view that the government should adopt a cautious stand towards GM crops. Genetically modified crops should not be introduced and promoted before proper trials to test their impact on health and environment.