After the assembly elections last year, Surendran had alleged that even the dead had voted at Manjeswaram constituency.

Manjeswaram voting sham IUML plans legal fight against BJP leader Surendran
news Politics Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 09:35

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is planning to counter the case filed by BJP leader Surendran who had alleged that even the dead had voted at Manjeswaram constituency in the last Assembly election.

It has now emerged that some of the dead appeared to be alive as one of the voters in Surendran’s dead list appeared before the court on Thursday, reports Mathrubhumi online.

Hamad Kunji, voter number 800, of booth number 37 in the constituency told the court that he had voted in the elections.

He is one among the 259 persons to whom the HC had issued summons over the petition. Surendran had handed a list of 259 voters which allegedly included dead persons and expatriates.

In the 2016 Assembly elections, Surendran, who is the party general secretary in the state, had contested from the constituency in the northern district of Kasargod and lost to IUML candidate PB Abdul Razak by 89 votes.

It was on June 9 that Surendran moved court in the case and the court ordered the police to serve summons to selected voters to record their statements.

The Times of India report quotes MA Makkar, an IUML leader and personal assistant of Abdul Razak as saying, “Though Surendran said in his plea in the Kerala high court that six voters who are not alive cast their vote, some of them have come to the fore saying that they are alive. Two days ago, Hamid Kunji, who is among the `dead' in Surendran's list, appeared alive before us and another woman, identified as Ayisha is all set to appear before the court on June 29,“ the report states.

According to the report, the BJP leader had made the list based on details provided by booth-level officers, which was wrong.