In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Congress candidate M.K. Raghavan had secured a lead of over 5,000 votes more than the CPI (M)’s A. Vijayaraghavan in the Kozhikode South assembly constituency. However, in the local bodies elections in 2015 the UDF failed to hold on to the lead. M.K. Muneer, Minister for Social Justice in Kerala government and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) sitting MLA, is once again in the fray for upcoming 2016 assembly elections.
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Kozhikode South assembly constituency is held by Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MLA M.K. Muneer who won the seat in 2011 by defeating CPI(M)'s candidate C.P. Musafir Ahammed by a margin of 1,376 votes. While 47771 votes were polled in favour of M.K. Muneer, the CPIM nominee received 46395 votes and was followed by BJP’s Jaya Sadanandan who got 7512 votes.
Earlier IUML leader P.M. Aboobacker had had won from the Kozhikoden South five times from 1965. In 1987, C.P. Kunhu of CPIM had defeated Dr. Muneer but lost the subsequent election in 1991.
Formerly known as Kozhikode II, Kozhikode South assembly constituency falls under the area covered by the Kozhikode Corporation. The constituency is one of the seven assembly segments the combination of which goes on to create the Lok Sabha constituency of Kozhikode. Balusseri, Koduvally, Kozhikode North, Beypore, Kunnamangalam and Elathur are the other six within the Kozhikode parliamentary constituency.
According to the latest figures by the Election Commission of India, Kozhikode assembly constituency has 1,45,743 voters of which 75,615 are females and 70,128 are male voters. The constituency has a sizeable population of Muslims.