Aryadan Muhammed Biography

Aryadan Muhammed was born on May 15, 1935, and passed away on September 25, 2022. He was a prominent member of the Indian National Congress party and worked in the government of Kerala as the Minister for Electricity and Transport in the Oommen Chandy Ministry. He was elected for the ninth time in the Nilambur constituency in Kerala in the 2011 state election, and he served as the representative for that constituency till 2016.



Personal life 

On May 15th, 1935, Aryadan Muhammed came into the world as the son of Unneen and Kadiyamunni. He was given the name Aryadan.  He tied the knot with Mariyumma, and the couple went on to have two boys and two daughters.   On September 25th, 2022, he passed away at the age of 87.



Political life 

Muhammed entered politics in 1952 as a member of the Indian National Congress. He has been a member of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) since 1958. Later, he served as Secretary of the Calicut District Congress Committee, President of the Malappuram District Congress Committee, and General Secretary of the KPCC. He was a prominent figure in the labor movement, serving as President of a number of different labor organizations in addition to being an active participant in the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) in the 1950s.

In 1977, Muhammed became a member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly (KLA) after being elected for the first time. In 1980, he ran for and won another seat in the legislature through a by-election. He was a Congress candidate in the same Nilambur Constituency from the 8th KLA all the way through the 13th KLA (1987, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011). This spanned the years 1987–2011.



State minister  

E. K. Nayanar oversaw the Ministry from January 1980 until October 1981, during which time Muhammed served as the Minister for Labour and Forests in that ministry. After that, beginning in April 1995 and continuing through May 1996, he served as the Minister for Labour and Tourism in the Ministry that was led by A. K. Antony. Beginning in September of 2004, he was responsible for the Electricity portfolio in the Ministry that was led by Oommen Chandy during the years 2004–2006.


Between the years 2011 and 2016, Muhammed served as the Minister for Power and Transport in the second cabinet led by Oommen Chandy. His responsibilities comprised Electricity, Railways, posts and Telegraphs, Road Transport, Motor Vehicles, and Water Transport. His portfolio also included Motor Vehicles.


Major Election Victories in KLA
Year Constituency Closest rival Majority (votes)
1977 Nilambur Saidalikutty (CPI(M)) 7,715 
1980 Nilambur M.R Chandran (INC(I)) 17,841 
1987 Nilambur Devdas Pottekkad (CPI(M)) 10,333 
1991 Nilambur Abdurahiman Master (IND) 7,684 
2001 Nilambur P. Anwar Master (IND) 21,620 
2006 Nilambur Sreerama Krishnan (CPI(M)) 18,171 
2011 Nilambur Prof. M. Thomas Mathew (IND) 5,598 

Other positions held

  • Muhammed also served as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 1998 to 2001 and Chairman of the Public Undertakings Committee from 2001 to 2004 
  • In addition, he has held important positions in the State Marketing Federation as its president and was the Director of NCDC and NAFED. 
  • During the Xth KLA, he was for a time Secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party