The move comes in the wake of rising complaints that the party was not giving representation to women since Khamarunnisa Anwar in 1996. However, IUML has not officially responded to the development.
The Indian Union Women's League state committee has sent a letter to IUML seeking seats in the Assembly polls. The state committe of Haritha, the women students wing, has demanded the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) to consider student leaders as candidates for the polls.
If those who performed well as elected representatives are to be given seats, senior leaders of the Women's League will get opportunity. Such a move could result in Women's League state president Suhara Mambad becoming a candidate. Women's League national general secretary Noorbina Rasheed and state secretary P. Kulsu are in the list of probable candidates.
Suhara Mambad's supporters are highlighting her performance as the president of Mamburam panchayat while demanding her candidacy.
If a youth or student leader is being considered, MSF national vice president Adv. Fathima Thahiliya is likely to contest. If M. K. Muneer changes his constituency, Fathima Thahiliya is likely to be considered in Kozhikode South.
Fielding Fathima Thahiliya as a candidate will help Muslim League secure the support of youngsters. Besides IUML will be able to highlight her as a young leader and a womens representative.
Muslim League acknowledges that providing more seats to youngsters created changes during the LSG polls. IUML leaders believe that introducing fresh faces to the parliamentary system will help the party.
Muslim League had fielded female student leaders in the LSG polls. As the names of youth leaders including Muslim Youth League state general secretary P. K. Firoz are being considered as candidates for the Assembly polls, the Muslim Youth League is seeking more seats for youngsters, women and fresh faces.