Biographical Sketch
Member of Parliament
XII Lok Sabha


Father's Name Late Shri A.B. Atta Koya Thangal Date of Birth 10 May 1941 Place of Birth Androth Island (Lakshadweep) Marital Status Married on 4 January 1967 Spouse's Name Smt. A.B. Rahmath Sayeed Children One son and seven daughters Educational Qualifications B.Com., LL.B. Educated at Government Arts College, Mangalore (Karnataka) and Sidhartha College of Law, Bombay (Maharashtra) Profession Lawyer, Political and Social Worker Permanent Address Padannatha House, P.O. Androth-682551 (Lakshadweep) Tels. (04893) 32244, 32255 Present Address 3, Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, New Delhi - 110001 Tels. (011) 3017219, 3792358 Positions Held 1967Elected to 4th Lok Sabha 1967-71Member, Committee on Public Undertakings 1968-69Member, Joint Committee on Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition), Bill, 1967 1969-70General-Secretary, All India Youth Congress 1971Re-elected to 5th Lok Sabha (2nd term) 1971-72Member, Committee on Petitions 1971-74Member, Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament 1972-73Member, Joint Committee on Companies (Amendment) Bill, 1972 1972-75 andMember, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications 1990-91 1973Member, Joint Committee on Constitution (Thirty-Second Amendment) Bill, 1973 on Amendment in Ninth Schedule of the Constitution 1973-74Treasurer, Parliamentary Forum for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes 1974-76 andMember, Committee on Government Assurances 1977-79 1976-77Member, Consultative Committee constituted under Tamil Nadu State Legislature (Delegation of Powers) Act, 1976 1977Re-elected to 6th Lok Sabha (3rd term) 1979-80Union Minister of State, Steel, Coal and Mines 1980Re-elected to 7th Lok Sabha (4th term) 1980 Member, Lakshadweep Territorial Congress Committee onwards 1984Re-elected to 8th Lok Sabha (5th term) 1984-86Member, Joint Committee on Shipping Agents (Licensing), Bill 1985-86 and Member, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit 1990-91 1984-88Member, Committee on Estimates 1986 Member, All India Congress Committee (Indira)[A.I.C.C.(I)] onwards 1989Re-elected to 9th Lok Sabha (6th term) 1990-96Member, Rules Committee 1991Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (7th term) 1991-92Member, General Purposes Committee 1991-92 andMember, Panel of Chairmen 1996-97 1991-93Member, Joint Committee on the Constitution (Seventy-Second Amendment) Bill, 1991 Secretary, Congress Parliamentary Party (Indira)[C.P.P.(I)] 1991-95Member, Committee on Official Language 1992-93Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Surface Transport 1992-94Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee to Enquire into Irregularities in Securities and Banking Transactions 1993-95Union Minister of State, IndiaPress Affairs 1995-96Union Minister of State, Information and Broadcasting 1996Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (8th term) 1996 Deputy Chief-Whip, Congress Parliamentary Party onwards 1996-97Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism 1998Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (9th term) 17 Dec. 1998Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha onwards Chairman, Committee on Provision of Computers to Members of Parliament Chairman, Committee on Private Members' Bills and Resolutions Chairman, Committee on Budget of Lok Sabha Chairman, Library Committee Member, General Purposes Committee Member, Business Advisory Committee Member, Committee on IndiaPress Affairs Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism* Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments Knows seven languages, viz. English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Tulu Social and Cultural Activities Associated with various social and cultural activities of Lakshadweep; instrumental in conducting inter-state cultural programmes, Lakshadweep festivals in various places and promoting folk arts Parichakkali, Kolkali and Lava dances, etc. Special Interests Social Work, labour welfare, upliftment of the poor, the downtrodden and the people belonging to minorities Favourite Pastime and Recreation Reading, music, public service and computer network Sports and Clubs Football, badminton and chess Countries Visited Widely travelled (30 countries); Member, Indian Delegation to the 24th Session, UN General Assembly, 1969; and 36th Session, UN General Assembly, 1982; Leader, Goodwill Delegation to erstwhile G.D.R., 1970; Member (i) Indian Parliamentary Delegation to 59th I.P.U. Conference, Paris, 1971; Lome (Togo), 1985; Moscow (former U.S.S.R.), 1988; and to 100th I.P.U. Conference, Moscow, 1998 (ii) International Solidarity Conference of World Peace Council, Basel, Switzerland, 1979; (iii) Government of India Haj Delegation, 1988 and its Leader, 1993; (iv) Indian Delegation to Non-aligned Youth Conference, Algiers; and represented A.I.C.C. (I) to Baghdad on the occasion of Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Arab Baath Socialist Party; Indian Delegation to SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians Conference, Pakistan and India-China Friendship Society Delegation to China Other Information Chairman, Advisory Board, Non-aligned Congress of Youth; Member (i) Central Haj Committee, 1968-70; (ii) Central Haj Advisory Board, 1970-71; (iii) National Welfare of Seafares Board, 1974-77; (iv) Island Development Authority, 1984-88; and (v) Court, Jamia Millia Islamia, since 1990

Election Result of Lakshadweep-ST Lok Sabha Constituency
Total electorate 35,716 Total votes polled 31,263 Votes polled in favour of the candidates (1) Shri P.M. Sayeed (I.N.C.) 16,014 (2) Dr. Mahammed Koya Kunnamkulam (J.D.) 15,050