Oommen Chandy, 'Man of Masses', completing 50 years in Kerala Assembly

Thiruvananthapuram: Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy completes 50 years as MLA in legislative assembly.

On September 17, 1970, Chandy made his maiden entry to his legislative career by winning the triangular competition in Puthupally in Kottayam district by 7288 votes.

He won the next ten elections by contesting from Puthupally. He served as the Chief Minister of Kerala for two terms, from 2004 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2016

Even in the 50th year as an MLA, Oommen Chandy has only addresses with a Puthuppally in it, be it the 'Puthuppally' house in Thiruvananthapuram or the Karott Valakkalil house in Puthuppally in Kottayam.

Oommen Chandy was born at Kumarakom, Kottayam district, Kerala in 1943. Chandy ventured into the political arena as an activist of Kerala's Largest Students Organization Kerala Students Union, the student wing of the party. He was the unit president of KSU at St George High School, Puthupally, and went on to become the State President of the organization.

Oommen Chandy received the 2013 United Nations Public Service Award from the Asia-Pacific region, for the category "Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service."

When he completes 50 years as a legislator, he will be the first Congress leader with this enviable record in his name.


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