Indian Union Muslim League


Indian Union Muslim League
PresidentK. M. Kader Mohideen
ChairpersonSayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal
SecretaryP. K. Kunhalikutty
Lok Sabha leaderE. T. Muhammed Basheer
Rajya Sabha leaderP. V. Abdul Wahab
FounderM. Muhammad Ismail
  • 10 March 1948 (73 years ago) (1948-03-10) (First Council)
  • 1 September 1951 (70 years ago) (1951-09-01) (Constitution)
Preceded byAll-India Muslim League
HeadquartersQuaid-e-Millath Manzil, No. 36, Maraikayar Lebbai Street, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.[1]
Newspaper(see below)
Student wingMuslim Students Federation
Youth wingMuslim Youth League (the Youth League) [1]
Women's wingIndian Union Women's League
Labour wingSwatantra Thozhilali Union (STU)
Peasant's wingSwathanthra Karshaka Sangam (Kerala)
IdeologyMuslim interests
SloganUnity is Strength
Seats in Lok Sabha
3 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
1 / 245
Seats in Kerala Legislative Assembly
15 / 140
Election symbol
IUML Election Symbol
Party flag
Flag of the Indian Union Muslim League.svg

The Indian Union Muslim League (also called IUML) is an Indian political party primarily based in the Indian state of Kerala. It is recognised as a State Party in Kerala by the Election Commission of India.[2]

The first Council of the IUML, which was at the time the Indian successor of the Muslim League, was held on 10 March 1948 at the south Indian city of Madras.[3] The 'Indian Union Muslim League' constitution was passed on 1 September 1951.[3]

The party is a member of the UDF, the Congress-led pre-poll state level alliance in Kerala[4][5] and has always had a constant, albeit small, presence in the Lok Sabha.[4] The party is a part of the United Progressive Alliance at the national level.[4] The League got its first union minister (Minister of State for External Affairs) in the first Manmohan Singh ministry in 2004.[6]

The party currently has four members in Parliament - E. T. Mohammed Basheer, M. P. Abdussamad Samadani, and K. Navas Kani in the Lok Sabha and P. V. Abdul Wahab in the Rajya Sabha and nineteen members in State Legislative Assemblies of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


After the partition of India in 1947, the All-India Muslim League was virtually disbanded. It was succeeded by the Indian segment of the Muslim League in the new Dominion of India (first session on 10 March 1948 and constitution passed on 1 September 1951).[4] M. Muhammad Ismail, the then President of the Madras Muslim League (M. M. L.) was chosen as the Convener of the Indian segment of the League.[3] The Travancore League (the States' Muslim League) was merged with the Malabar League in November, 1956.[3]

Indian Union Muslim League contests General Elections under the Indian Constitution.[4] The party is normally represented by two members in the Indian Lower House (the Lok Sabha).[4] B. Pocker, elected from Malappuram Constituency, was a member of the First Lower House (1952–57) from the Madras Muslim League (M. M. L.).[4] The party currently has four members in Parliament.

Apart from Kerala and West Bengal, the League had Legislative Assembly members in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Maharastra, Karanataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Assam.[7] In West Bengal, the League had won Assembly seats in the 1970s, and A. K. A. Hassanussaman was a member of the Ajoy Mukherjee cabinet.[8]

Indian Union Muslim League first gained a ministry in Kerala Government as part of the Communist Party of India Marxist-led United Front in 1967. The party switched fronts in 1969 and formed an alliance with the Congress in 1976.[9][5] It later became a chief constituent in a succession of Indian National Congress-lead ministries.[5]

Early years

  • First Council of the Indian segment of the Muslim League was held on 10 March 1948 at the south Indian city of Madras (now Chennai).[3]
  • On 1 September 1951 the 'Indian Union Muslim League' came into being in Madras (constitution was passed).[3]
  • B. Pocker Sahib, elected from Malappuram Constituency, was a member of the first Lok Sabha (1952–57).[4]
  • K. M Seethi Sahib served as the Speaker of the Kerala Assemby from 1960 to 1961.[10]

From the 1960s to the 80s

With the Congress Party

In the 1990s

From the 2000s

Former National Presidents of Indian Union Muslim League

No. Tenure Name State
1 1948-1972 Qaid e Millath Muhammed Ismail Sahib Tamil Nadu
2 1972-1973 Syed Abdurrahiman Bafaki Tangal Kerala
3 1973-1994 Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait Karnataka
4 1994-2008 G. M. Banatwalla Maharashtra
5 2008-2017 E. Ahamed Kerala
6 2017–present Prof. K.M. Kader Mohideen Tamil Nadu


The [Indian Union Muslim League] party...has shown strands of identity politics, but largely remained communitarian; it has at times been conservative, but never communal. It has furthered Muslim aspirations without antagonising any other segment—and hence has retained its centrality in the larger Kerala polity

— Outlook [2]

The distinctive feature of the [Indian Union] Muslim League in Kerala is that it strove to keep the [Muslim] community at the centre of the [Kerala] state's politics, unlike other Muslim political formations elsewhere in India that revelled in confessional isolationism. As a result, the Kerala Muslims emerged as probably the only community of that faith in India that achieved genuine political empowerment on the one hand and, on the other, lived out the promise of equal citizenship enshrined in the [Indian] Constitution.

— Outlook [3]

If organising a religious community politically on the basis of antagonism to another is communalism, the IUML has never mobilised its cadre nor used its political and often administrative clout to create religious divides. On the contrary, whenever the state faced a communally sensitive situation, the party rose to the occasion and played a stellar role in dousing the flames....By practicing a brand of politics that could be termed communitarian rather than communal, the IUML succeeded in actualising the constitutional guarantee of equal citizenship for the Muslims in the state.

— The Indian Express [4]

IUML was formed "to preserve and promote the religious and cultural identities of Indian Muslims and other minorities and backward classes of the country". Even though the constitution of IUML has pledged allegiance to the secular Constitution of India, the party has opposed many constitutional verdicts by the Supreme Court of India like those allowing the entry of women of menstruating age to Sabarimala temple & abolishing Section 377 & Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, in which the court had upheld the constitutional right to equality above religious & cultural values.[20][21]


A postage stamp released in commemoration of Mohammed Ali Shihab Thangal (1936-2009).
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2004-14) releasing a postage stamp in commemoration of Mohammed Ali Shihab Thangal (1936-2009). E. Ahamed, Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal and Sachin Pilot are also seen.
Designation Name
Chairman-Political Advisory Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal (Kerala)[22]
National President K. M. Kader Mohideen (Tamil Nadu)[23]
Vice-presidents Iqbal Ahmed (Uttar Pradesh)
Dastagir Ibrahim Aga (Karnataka)
National General Secretary P. K. Kunhalikutty (Kerala)[24]
National Organising Secretary E. T. Mohammed Basheer (Kerala)
National Treasurer P. V. Abdul Wahab (Kerala)[25]
Secretaries Khorrum Anis Omer (Delhi)
M. P. Abdussamad Samadani (Kerala)
S. Naim Akthar (Bihar)
Siraj Ebrahim Sait (Karnataka)
Assistant Secretaries Abdul Basith (Tamil Nadu)
Kausar Hayat Khan (Uttar Pradesh)

Organizational structure

  • Youth Wing: Muslim Youth League (the Youth League) [5]
    • National President: Asif Ansari (New Delhi)
    • National Secretary: Faisal Babu[26] (Kerala)
    • Kerala State President: Syed Munawar Ali Shihab Thangal
    • Kerala State General Secretary: P. K. Firoz
  • Students' Wing: Muslim Students Federation
    • National President: T. P. Asharafali
    • National General Secretary: S. H. Muhammed Arshad
  • Dalit wing: Indian Union Dalit League
  • Women's Political Wing: Msf Haritha ,Muslim Women's League
  • Trade Union Organization (Kerala): Swathanthra Thozhilali Union (S. T. U., Independent Workers Union)
  • Peasants' Union (Kerala): Swathanthra Karshaka Sangam (Independent Peasants Union)
  • Advocates: Lawyers Forum
  • Expatriates: Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (K. M. C. C.)

Kerala Legislative Assembly


Early years (1957 - 1979/80)

Election Seats Vote % Government/Opposition Ministers Sources
Won (Contested)
1957 8 (19)

As independents

4.72 Opposition (to Namboodiripad Ministry)

1957 - 59

1960 11 (12) 5.0 Government (Pattom Ministry)

1960 - 62

  • Formally left the coalition in 1961 as an abstaining Opposition.[28]
Excluded from the Pattom Ministry[28] [28][13][29]
Abstaining Opposition (to Shankar Ministry)[28]

1962 - 64

1965 6 (16) 3.71 Inconclusive (no government formed)[28] [29][13]
1967 14 (15) 6.75 Government[5] (Namboodiripad Ministry)

1967 - 69

Government (Achutha Menon Ministry)

1969 - 70

1970 11 (20) 7.7 Government (Achutha Menon Ministry)

1970 - 77

1977 13 (16) 6.65 Government (Karunakaran Ministry)


Government (Antony Ministry)

1977 - 78

Government (PKV Ministry)

1978 - 79

Government (Koya Ministry)


With the United Democratic Front (1979/80 - present)

Election Seats Vote % Government/Opposition[5] Ministers
Won (Contested)
1980 14 (21) 7.18 Opposition (to Nayanar Ministry)

1980 - 81

Government (Karunakaran Ministry)

1981 - 82

1982 14 (18) 6.17 Government (Karunakaran Ministry)

1982 - 87

1987 15 (23) 7.73 Opposition

(to Nayanar Ministry)

1987 - 91

1991 19 (22) 7.37 Government

(Karunakaran Ministry)

1991 - 95


(Antony Ministry)

1995 - 96

2001 16 (21) 7.59 Government

(Antony Ministry)

2001 - 2004


(Chandy Ministry)

2004 - 2006

2006 7 (21) 7.30 Opposition

(to Achuthanandan Ministry)

2006 - 11

2011 20 (23) 7.92 Government

(Chandy Ministry)

2011 - 16

2016 18 (23) 7.40 Opposition

(to Vijayan Ministry)

2016 - 2021

2021 15 (25) 8.27 Opposition

(to Vijayan Ministry)


Current members

Map of Kerala showing 2021 Assembly Election Results
Legislative Constituency Member
Manjeshwaram A. K. M. Ashraf
Kasaragod N. A. Nellikkunnu
Koduvally M. K. Muneer
Kondotty T. V. Ibrahim
Eranad P. K. Basheer
Manjeri U. A. Latheef

Najeeb Kanthapuram

Mankada Manjalamkuzhi Ali
Malappuram P. Ubaidulla
Vengara P. K. Kunhalikutty
Vallikkunnu P. Abdul Hameed
Tirurangadi K. P. A. Majeed
Tirur Kurukkoli Moideen
Kottakkal K. K. Abid Hussain Thangal
Mannarkkad N. Samsudheen

Lower House (the Lok Sabha)

Source: Loksabha

Council of States (the Rajya Sabha)

Source: Rajyasabha



Tamil Nadu

  • A. K. A. Abdul Samad (1964–70)
  • S. A. Khwaja Mohideen (1968–74)
  • A. K. A. Abdul Samad (1970– 76)
  • A. K. Refaye (1972–78)
  • S. A. Khwaja Mohideen (1974-80)

Principal mass organisations of IUML


Opposition to Child Marriage Act

IUML has consistently opposed the Child Marriage Act by saying that it contravenes Muslim personal law. A circular issued by Local Self Government Department of Kerala which was under IUML in 2013 asking to register marriages of Muslim women under the age of 18 had created controversy resulting in later withdrawal.[32]

Role in Marad massacre

The judicial commission which probed the Marad massacre concluded that IUML was directly involved in the conspiracy and execution of the massacre.[33]


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