Thiruvanathapuram: Oommen Chandy, former chief minister of Kerala popularly called as man of masses is set to achieve a rare honour of being a legislative member for fifty years continuously from the same constituency, Puthupally, Kerala. He is the lone leader in Congress party to adorn this rare achievement.

With Covid-19 protocol in place, the Kottayam district congress committee will hold the inauguration of the celebrations of Oommen Chandy’s golden jubilee anniversary as a legislator with fanfare on September 17 at 5 pm. Congress President Sonia Gandhi will inaugurate the celebrations via videoconferencing.

Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, MLA and the golden jubilee celebrations organising committee convenor opined that Oommen Chandy is an able administrator and a crisis manager. He also remembered Oommen Chandy’s entry into politics paved way for more youths to join politics which in turn provided a transitionary phase to politics in Kerala.

During Oommen Chandy’s fifty years of representing Puthupally, Oommen Chandy had defeated CPM’s E M George (1970), Janata Party’s P C Cherian (1977), independent M R G Panicker (1980), independent Thomas Rajan (1982), CPM’s V N Vasavan (1987 and 1991), CPM’s Reji Zachariah (1996), CPM independent Cherian Philip (2001), CPM’s Sindhu Joy (2006), CPM’s Suja Susan George (2011) and CPM’s Jaick C Thomas (2016).


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