C.H. Mohammed Koya
July 15, 1927 - d. 28 September 1983) was an Indian politician and the tenth Chief Minister
. He served from October 12, 1979 to December 1, 1979.
C.H. Mohammed Koya was born into a poor family on July 15, 1927 at Atholi
in Calicut district
of Kerala. He was the son of Payyampunathil Ali Musliyar, a countryside doctor and Unani
specialist, and Mariyumma. He had his early education in the Kongannur Aided Elementary School, Velur Mappila Elementary School and Quilandy
Board High School.
He experienced his first taste of politics right from his high school. He was actively involved with the IUML
. In his early years, he served a short term in the Kurumpranad District Muslim League committee and later in the Municipal Office in Calicut
In 1951, he was elected to the National Executive of the IUML
and shortly afterwards, was elected the Councilor of Calicut Municipality
. C.H.Mohammed Koya defeated K.P.Kuttikrishnan Nair (Kuttiettan
- as he was popularly known) of the Indian National Congress
. The latter had earlier defeated two of the most popular politicians in Kerala, E.M.S. Namboodiripad
and Seethi Sahib
earning him the nickname the Giant-Killer
from Jawaharlal Nehru
His chief mentor, both in his personal life and political career was Syed Abdur Rahman Bafaqi Thangal, to whom he was indebted for all his achievements.
Mohammed Koya was elected into the Kerala Legislative Assembly
from the Tanur
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