LAKSHADWEEP -- PM Sayeed to seek record 11th win
The smallest Lok Sabha constituency known more for Congress stalwart and Deputy Speaker PM Sayeed, who has represented it in Lok Sabha for decades, Lakshadweep consists of 27 islands in Arabian Sea off Kerala coast.Updated: Apr 03, 2004 14:09 IST
The smallest Lok Sabha constituency known more for Congress stalwart and Deputy Speaker PM Sayeed, who has represented it in Lok Sabha for decades, Lakshadweep consists of 27 islands in Arabian Sea off Kerala coast.
Of the 27 islands, only 10 are inhabited and the strength of the electorate is 36,870. Muslims constitute 95 per cent of the population in this Scheduled Tribe reserved constituency. The constituency had recorded 86% voting in 1998 election, the highest in any of LS constituencies that year.
It is being represented by PM Sayeed for over four decades. Sayeed has represented Lakshadweep for 10 consecutive terms. And if he contests and wins from here again, he will become the only politician to get elected from the same constituency for the 11th consecutive term.
Sayeed was only 26 when he was first elected from Lakshadweep in 1967. Before that K Nalla Koya Thangal had represented it as a nominated member in 1957 and 1962 through presidential proclamations. Sayeed had also been elected unopposed in the 1971 election. A former Union minister, Sayeed won the 1998 poll by 966 votes over his lone rival Dr KK Mohammed Koya (Janata Dal) who had been consistently opposing him in seven general elections since 1977.
Till recently candidates depended only on ships to cover the ten islands for canvassing but now they have the facility of helicopters for a price.
More than 45 polling booths are likely to be set up in the islands with separate booths for women. In Bitra island, there was only one polling booth for the men and women voters numbering 200 in the last election.
First Published: Mar 27, 2004 00:00 IST