Lok Sabha Election 2019: It may sound strange but out of 543 Lok Sabha seats for which the election 2019 are being held, there is one seat that Congress hasn’t won since 1951 when the first Lok Sabha Elections were held in India.
In these 68 years, the grand old party, Congress remained in power of most of the time and ruled almost all states of India; there is a tiny part of the country that the part hasn’t ruled yet.
And the name of the seat is – Ponnani.
It is one small seat in Kerala that decided not to vote Congress come in power.
Ponnani is a small coastal city in Kerala which is famous since the time it was the prominent trading center with Arab. It is the same city that later attacked by the Portuguese many times to control its spice trade.
Now the question is if it isn’t Congress then who?
Who ruled the Ponnani over all these years?
Since the first Lok Sabha Election in India in 1951, Ponnani has been represented by the following:
- Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party (1951), 1 time
- Left [Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist)] – 1962,1967, and 1972, 3 times
- Indian Union Muslim League (1977-2014), 11 times
In 1951, the Poonani sent two MPs to the Lok Sabha - for the General category and the reserved (scheduled caste) category.
For more clarity, the two representatives differentiate as –
- Ponnani (General)
- Ponnani (SC)
Out of these two, the MP from General category was from the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party named Kelappan Koyhaphali and MP from SC category was from Congress seat named Eacheran Iyyani.
At the time of result announcement, the Eacheran Iyyani was one of the three contestants who got maximum votes. But, Congress hasn’t won a single open election in Ponnani.