C. H. Mohammed Koya
|C. H. Mohammed Koya|
|Former Chief Minister of Kerala|
October 12, 1979 to December 1, 1979
|Preceded by||P. K. Vasudevan Nair|
|Succeeded by||E. K. Nayanar|
15 July 1927|
Atholi, Calicut, Madras Presidency, British India
|Died||28 September 1983
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Political party||Indian Union Muslim League|
|Children||2 daughters and a son (Dr. M. K. Muneer)|
|As of November 2, 2007
Source: Govt. of Kerala
C.H. Mohammed Koya (born at Atholi, Calicut July 15, 1927 - 28 September 1983) was an Indian politician and the tenth Chief Minister of Kerala. He served from October 12, 1979 to December 1, 1979. His term of just 54 days is the shortest term ever by a Chief Minister to this date. 
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 constituency in 1960. On June 9, 1961 he became the Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly after the sudden demise of K.M.Seethi Sahib. Despite being one of the youngest members in the Assembly, he was known for his charisma and the flair with which he discharged his duties.
When Muslim league quit the political alliance at State level, Mohammed Koya resigned Speakership and contested the ensuing Parliamentary Poll successfully from the Calicut constituency . Again, in the State Assembly elections held in 1967, he won by a vast majority, contesting from Mankada constituency. He was the Education Minister in the cabinet headed by Shri E.M.S. Namboodiripad. He continued to retain his Education portfolio in succeeding ministries headed by C. Achutha Menon, K. Karunakaran, A.K. Antony till the Ninth ministry headed by P.K. Vasudevan Nair. As Education minister he was instrumental in formulating many plans that has helped Kerala reach the forefront in the education sector in India.
On October 12, 1979 C.H.Mohammed Koya became the Chief Minister of Kerala and his term continued to December 1, 1979. He was the Deputy Chief Minister in the next United Democratic Front(UDF) ministry headed by K.Karunakaran.Continuing in the seat even after the ministry was re-constituted in 1982, after the General Election, Shri. Koya stayed there till his untimely demise in the ensuing year.
Koya died on September 28 at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad in 1983.
The C H Mohammed Koya Library in the campus of the University of Calicut and the Haji C.H. Mohamed Koya College for Advanced Studies under the University of Kerala at Thiruvananthapuram are named in his honour. The C H Mohammed Koya Memorial National Journalism award, jointly instituted by the C H Mohammed Koya Trust and The Calicut Press Club is also instituted in his honour.
- Kerala Legislative Assembly
- http://travelandtourism.mathrubhumi.com/english/story.php?id=25665 Burkha Dutt, Noorani given C H Mohammed Koya journalism award - Mathrubhumi 04 Nov 2009
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|Chief Minister of Kerala
|Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly