Shri K. Karunakaran and Mala

Shri K. Karunakaran, popularly known as "leader" and respected administrator has contributed much to the development to Mala as well as the State.

Shri K. Karunakaran and Mala

Shri K. Karunakaran, Widely Respected Administrator

Widely respected within the country as ‘leader’ and administrator, Shri. K. Karunakaran has contributed much to the development of the state.

Shri K. Karunakaran was born on July 5, 1918 at Chirackkal in Kannur District to Shri Thekkedathu Ravunni Marar and Smt. Kannoth Kalyani Amma.

Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), an Initiative of Leader K. Karunakaran

Shri Karunakaran took initiative to form a unity of the workers in Sitharam Mills, Thrissur and formed a new trade union named Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) at May, 1947. It becomes one of the largest trade union in India having over 4 million membership today.

MLA Sri K. Karunakaran

He has been elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly from Mala Assembly Constituency seven times consecutively, i.e. in 1967, 1970, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987 & 1991. He was the leader of Congress Legislature Party in the Kerala Legislative Assembly for a very long period from 1967 to 1995.

He was elected to 7th Kerala Legislative Assembly simultaneously from Mala and Nemom constituencies in 1982. However he resigned his Nemom seat on 1.6.1982. He was the Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Legislative Assembly from 1967 to 1969, 1980 to 1981 and from 1987 to 1991.

Shri K. Karunakaran and Mala

Sri K. Karunakarn's Relationship with Nehru family

His closeness to the Nehru family begins from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and culminated and pinnacled during the tenure of Smt. Indira Gandhi and Shri. Rajiv Gandhi. The leading role he played in enthroning Shri. Rajiv Gandhi as the Prime Minister of India within hours after the assassination of Smt. Indira Gandhi is part of the History of India. This opportune action helped to call upon the world that people of India are committed to democracy and are capable of protecting it without any iota of doubt and threat.

Kerala Home Minister K. Karunakaran

Shri. Karunakaran was the Home Minister from 25-09-1971 to 24-03-1977 in the Ministry headed by Shri. C. Achutha Menon. While the emergency was declared in 1975, he took utmost care in administering the state without giving any room for complaint of any excess of the emergency powers and this was recognized by the people of Kerala when they returned the UDF to power with record majority in the ensuing elections of 1977.

Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran

Shri.K. Karunakaran has been the Chief Minister of Kerala four times. He took charge as Chief Minister for the first time on 25-3-1977. However he tendered his resignation on 25-4-1977, immediately following certain references by the Kerala High Court in what came to be known as ‘Rajan case’.

He took charge as Chief Minister again on December 28, 1981. However, this ministry did not last long. He resigned on 17th March 1982, following the withdrawal of support by a member of the Kerala Congress (M). Midterm elections to the 7th Kerala Legislative Assembly was held on May 19, 1982. The Ministry with Shri. K.Karunakaran as Chief Minister assumed office on 24th May 1982 and continued till 1987. On June 24, 1991, Shri.K.Karunakaran took charge as Chief Minister of Kerala for the fourth term, and resigned on March 16, 1995, making way for Shri. A.K.Antony to take up the Chief Ministership.

MP K. Karunakaran

As a veteran Parliamentarian, whose career stretches over five decades, Shri. K. Karunakaran has been elected three times to Rajya Sabha and to Lok Sabha twice. He was a member of Rajya Sabha during 1995-97, 1997-98 and 2004-2005. He has been elected to Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram in 1998 and from Mukundapuram Constituency in 1999. Shri. K. Karunakaran served as the Minister for Industries in the Union Cabinet for one year in 1995.

Notable Achievements

The Kerala State Film Development Corporation, Nedumbassery Airport, Gosree Project, Guruvayoor Railway Line, Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium and NTPC Kayamkulam are among them.

It was during his Chief Ministership that two districts viz Kasargod and Pathanamthitta were formed. During his tenure as Chief Minister from 1982-87 he retained the portfolio of SC/ST Development Department and this period was considered as golden days for them.

Shri. K. Karunakaran has been a mentor of plethora of leaders of younger generation, irrespective of caste, creed or community. They could fortunately hold prominent position and play vital role in political arena of Kerala & India.

Gandhian K. Karunakaran

Shri. Karunakaran, a true Gandhian throughout his personal and political life, has been respected and praised by all as an ardent secular leader both in words and deeds.


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