49429 applications for haj pilgrimage
Malappuram: A total of 49429 applications had been received this year for Haj pilgrimage for 2012 in Kerala.
The draw of lots for the pilgrimage was inaugurated by Kerala Haj and industries minister, P K Kunhalikutty at the Haj house in the nearby Karippur in Malappuram district today. The quota for this years haj pilgrimage from Kerala is 6487.
About 3120 applicants who are above 70 years of age has been directly chosen for the pilgrimage and in the rest 3367 applicants, preference would be given to those who have consecutively applied for four years without getting a chance, P T A Rahim, MLA, and Chairmarn Kerala State Haj Committee said.