A year after the India Vision news channel shut down its operations reportedly in the midst of a financial crunch, its ripples are being felt in the ongoing Kerala Assembly elections.
In the Kozhikode south constituency, AK Sajan, a former employee of the company, is preparing to fight against MK Muneer, the ex-chairman of India Vision. Muneer is also the incumbent minister for Panchayats and Social Welfare.
Sajan was quoted by The News Minute, saying that he, along with several employees, have still not been paid their salaries towards the end of the functioning of the company. Even though many jumped ships when their salaries stopped arriving, Sajan, who worked as a driver, stayed on expecting payment of his dues.
Sajan does not hope to win, but wants to create awareness about the issue.
“I am not contesting with the hope of winning the election, but to inform people not to vote for a fraud like Muneer, who has cleverly cheated hundreds of employees like me,” he told The News Minute.
Sajan’s campaign is supported by a large number of former India Vision employees, who feel they have been cheated in the same manner.
But Sajan’s campaign may not fly any major sparks as he contests against Muneer, an established and powerful leader of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), which has its base in Kozhikode and nearby Malappuram. IUML is the second-largest party in the ruling UDF after the Congress.
Muneer is also the son of CH Mohammed Koya, a former chief minister of the state. He has served as a minister in the earlier Congress administration led by AK Antony.