Mini Biography :
C.H. Mohammed Koya (July 15, 1927 – 28 September 1983) was an Indian politician and the tenth Chief Minister of Kerala from October 12, 1979 to December 1, 1979.
C.H. Mohammed Koya was born into a poor family on July 15 1927 at Atholi in Calicut district of Kerala.He was the son of Payyampunathil Ali Musliyar, a countryside doctor and Unani specialist, and Mariyumma. He had his early education in the Kongannur Aided Elementary School, Velur Mappila Elementary School and Quilandy Board High School.
He experienced his first taste of politics right from his high school. He was actively involved with the Indian Union Muslim League(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 Councillor of Calicut Municipality. C.H.Mohammed Koya had the rare distinction of securing a win over the Giant-Killer K.P.Kuttikrishnan Nair (Kuttiettan – as he was popularly known) of the Indian National Congress. Kuttiettan was termed as the Giant-Killer by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru – the then AICC President after he defeated EMS Namboodirippad and Janab Seethi Sahib – both of whom were the kingpins of Kerala politics. 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.
Shri Mohammed Koya was elected into the Kerala Assembly from the Tanur constituency in 1960. On June 9th, 1961 he became the Speaker of the Assembly after the sudden demise of Janab 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.
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.
C.H.Mohammed Koya died on September 28 at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad in 1983.