Malappuram: PK Kunhalikutty, the leader of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the UDF candidate in the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala took a dig at the CPI(M) saying that “We are a bigger party than the Communist Party of India (Marxist).”

UDF’s Kunhalikutty was in the lead with a margin of 1.71 lakh votes against VP Sanu of the LDF in Malappuram constituency at 12:30pm. UDF still leads in 19 out of 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala.

A content Kunhalikutty said that he was not focused on the results in the North at the moment, but he is happy as far as Kerala is concerned.

Speaking to the media Kunhalikutty implied that LDF’s stand on the Sabarimala issue had a huge impact on them, “We do not support the LDF on their stand on the Sabarimala issue. We will not accept any decisions that hurt religious sentiments.”

The IUML leader further went on to say that they are a much bigger party than the CPI(M) at the moment and are confident of winning more seats in this year’s Lok Sabha elections than the Communist party.

He added that as they are allies in Tamil Nadu, if the CPI(M) manages to win any seats in Tamil Nadu, then that would mean than they had managed to win with the help of IUML and the Congress.

Kunhalikutty won all seven assembly segments under Malappuram, when he contested the by-elections held in 2017. He has been the national general secretary of the Indian Union Muslim League since 2007. He has also served as minister in various governments under the reign of the UDF.