Chennithala to be Minister After A Gap of 27 Years
By Express News Service | Published: 01st January 2014 09:14 AM |
On New Year’s Day, when 57-year- old Ramesh Chennithala is being sworn in as a minister in the Oommen Chandy cabinet, it will be his second stint as minister after a long gap of 27 years.
In 1986, in a surprise move the then Chief Minister K Karunakaran had handpicked him as cabinet minister with Rural Development portfolio overriding the then prominent leader Thennala Balakrishnapillai, thereby becoming the youngest minister in Kerala at the age of 30.
Chennithala, who became president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee in 2005, is also the longest-serving president in the history of PCC.
In 2004, he was the Congress Working Committee member and in 2002, he served as AICC secretary having independent charge of five States and carried out the programme implementation in south India.
Starting his association with the Congress at an early age, he was KSU Chennithala HS unit secretary in 1970.
He became KSU State president in 1980 and was elected as an MLA from Haripad constituency in 1982.
He was elected as the national president, Indian Youth Congress, in 1990 and was elected Member of Parliament from Kottayam Lok Sabha constituency in 1989. He was re-elected as an MP in 1991, 1996 and 1999.
He also faced defeat in 1998 Lok Sabha election.
In 2011, he was elected as MLA from Haripad constituency with a majority 5520 votes.