Former Kerala minister and senior Congress leader, Aryadan Muhammed has passed away at the age of 87. Muhammed, a prominent Muslim face of Congress in Kerala, had got elected to the state Assembly eight times from the Nilambur constituency in Malappuram. He had served as a minister for four terms. During the Congress regime from 2011 to 2016, he had been power minister in the Oommen Chandy government.
The career of Aryadan Muhammed:
- Muhammed joined Congress in 1952 and became a member of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee in 1958. Later, he served as the president of the Malappuram district congress committee and had been a state leader of the INTUC, the trade union wing of Congress.
- Within the Congress, Muhammed had been a prominent leader associated with the A group led by A K Antony. When A group of Congress had aligned with the CPI(M) in 1980, Muhammed became a minister in the then CPI(M) Government led by E K Nayanar.
- He again became a minister in the Congress cabinet in 1995 when Antony became the chief minister in the wake of K Karunakaran’s resignation. In 2004, when Oommen Chandy became the chief minister, Muhammed was inducted as power minister. Muhammed had been an alleged accused in the sensational murder of Communist leader and former legislator K Kunhali in 1969.
- But, a court acquitted him. In Malappuram, Muhammed had run into controversies several times after he dared to take on Indian Union Muslim League, which dominated the Muslim politics in Malappuram.