KERALA

Celebration spills over to streets in Malappuram, Ponnani

Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) celebrated its victories in Ponnani and Malappuram constituencies by taking out processions across the district on Saturday.

The unexpected summer showers did not douse the zeal of youngsters celebrating the comeback victory of the IUML.

Party workers had started jubilation well before half of the votes were counted. Trends from the beginning were clearly in favour of the UDF, and vehicles fitted with loudspeakers began criss-crossing the towns of Malappuram, Manjeri, Perinthalmanna, Tirur, Kottakkal, Ponnani and Kondotty by 10 a.m. By 10.15 a.m., the sound of crackers could be heard from different parts of the hilly district.

IUML youth were seen whirring on motorbikes in apparent jubilation, blocking the junctions.

By 11 a.m., the Uphill junction in Malappuram had turned into a green sea of humanity. IUML workers holding green flags went on celebrating the victory by singing and dancing at the junction. Traffic came to a standstill at different places in the district. Almost sure of the victory, IUML workers had hoisted large flags of the party at major towns in the district on Friday night itself.

When their candidates E. Ahamed and E.T. Mohammed Basheer reached the Collectorate by mid-day, the joy of the party workers was in full flow. They almost mobbed their leaders in joy.

They carried Mr. Ahamed in an open jeep through the streets of Malappuram while Mr. Basheer went to Ponnani to take part in the victory processions there.

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