Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Meet Abdul Salam, the only Muslim leader in BJP's list of 195 candidates

Abdul Salam, former Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University, is set to contest from Malappuram, Kerala.

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In the recent announcement by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regarding its first candidate list for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, notable inclusions and exclusions have sparked discussions.

Abdul Salam's Candidacy

- Among the 195 candidates listed, only one Muslim candidate, Abdul Salam, has been fielded by BJP.

- Abdul Salam, former Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University, is set to contest from Malappuram, Kerala.

Who is Abdul Salam?

- Hailing from Tirur, Kerala, Abdul Salam boasts an impressive academic and professional background.

- His LinkedIn profile showcases significant contributions in Biological Sciences, with 153 research papers, 15 review articles, and 13 books published until 2018.

- Joining the BJP in 2019, he previously contested in the 2021 Kerala assembly elections from the Nemom constituency.

- Serving as the Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University from 2011 to 2015, his disclosed net worth stands at ₹6.47 crore, with no reported criminal cases against him.

BJP's Kerala Nominees:

- The BJP's list for Kerala includes 12 candidates out of the state's 20 Lok Sabha seats.

- Renowned figures like Suresh Gopi, Anil Antony, and MT Ramesh feature prominently in the lineup.

- Notably, the absence of K Surendran, BJP Kerala State Unit Chief, from the list has raised eyebrows, indicating his likely abstention from the electoral fray.

Nationwide Distribution:

- The BJP's initial list encompasses candidates from various states, reflecting a strategic distribution.

- Uttar Pradesh leads with 51 nominations, followed by West Bengal with 20 candidates.

- Other states like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Telangana, Assam, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh also feature prominently.

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