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Name  J. Imam

Role  Politician

J. Mohammed Imam (15 February 1897, Jagalur – 3 January 1983) was an Indian politician.

J. Mohammed Imam was the son of J. Bade Saheb. He studied at the Central College of Bangalore and the Government Law College in Madras. He obtained Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees. In 1928 he was elected to the senate of the Mysore University. In 1930 he became a member of the legislature (later Legislative Assembly) of the Mysore state. He would continue to be a Mysore legislator until 1957. Politically, he was a member of the All India Muslim League. Between 1933 and 1936 he served as the first non-official president of the Jagalur Municipal Council. He was the president of the Chitaldrug District Board between 1936 and 1940. He also held various posts in different companies.

He served as Minister for Education, Railways and Public Works Departments in the government of the Mysore State between June 1941 – 1945. In 1945 the Maharaja of Mysore named him 'Mushir ul-Mulk' ('Advisor of the Kingdom'). In 1947 he left the Muslim League. After the independence of India, he became a member of the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party (which later, to J. Mohammed Imam's disappointment, merged into the Praja Socialist Party). He served as Leader of the Opposition in the Mysore Legislative Assembly from 1948 onwards. Key political themes of J. Mohammed Imam were secularism and anti-communism.

J. Mohammed Imam was elected to the Lok Sabha (lower house of the parliament of India) in the 1957 general election. He stood as the PSP candidate in Chitaldrug constituency, obtaining 129,848 votes (52.25% of the votes in the constituency). In the Second Lok Sabha he was a member of the Panel of Chairmen. In 1959 he joined the Swatantra Party.

In the 1962 Indian general election, he contested the Bellary Lok Sabha seat as a Swatantra Party candidate. He finished in second place with 137,448 votes (48.02%). He regained the Chitaldrug (now renamed Chitradruga) seat in the 1967 Indian general election, obtaining 164,548 votes (50.45%).

He lost the Chitradruga seat in the 1971 Indian general election. He finished in second place with 81,303 votes (24.16%).

References

J. Mohammed Imam Wikipedia


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