NRI entrepreneur PV Abdul Wahab is among three members elected to the Rajya Sabha from Kerala. Wahab who runs several businesses in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and India, is a leader of the Indian Union Muslim League, the key ally of Kerala’s ruling Congress Party.
Mr Wahab was a member of the Upper House for 2 consecutive terms from 2004 to 2010. He is also a founder director of the Kairali TV channel, a post that he resigned after his elevation to the upper House.
Other MPs-elect are former diaspora minister Vayalar Ravi of the Congress Party and KK Rajesh of the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist.