Oommen Chandy, a 79-year-old former CM of Kerala, passed away early on July 18 due to cancer treatment. He served as Kerala’s Chief Minister twice, from 2004 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2016. Chandy had a long political career, including Minister of Labour, Home Minister, and Finance portfolio. He was well-liked by the public and created the “Mass Contact” program.
Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy dies at the age of 79
At the time, Oommen Chandy was the AICC’s general secretary.
Oommen Chandy was experiencing cancer treatment
Oommen Chandy, 79, a former chief minister, sadly passed away. Early on July 18, the senior Congressman receiving cancer treatment died in a hospital in Bengaluru. Through a Facebook post, his son Chandy Oommen shared the news.
Oommen Chandy served as CM of Kerala twice
Chandy twice became the chief minister of Kerala. He was a long-serving legislator from the Puthupally part of the Kottayam area. From August 31, 2004, to May 12, 2006, and from May 18, 2011, to May 20, 2016, he served as the CM for Kerala under the leadership of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).
Oommen Chandy’s political career
Chandy had a long career in politics. He was the in-charge of Minister of Labour in the K. Karunakaran Ministry in 1977 and the A.K. Antony Ministry in the succeeding cabinet. He was the Home Minister in the K. Karunakaran administration from December 1981 to March 1982. In the 1991 UDF ministry, he also held the Finance portfolio.
About Oommen Chandy
Karottu Vallakalil K.V. Chandy and Baby Chandy welcomed Chandy into the world on October 30, 1943. Chandy became active in governance through the Youth Congress and the Kerala Students Union (KSU). In 1965, he received the title of State general secretary of the KSU, and in 1967, he joined its State. He attended St. George High School in Kottayam for his education.
In addition to being active in the INTUC, the Congress-backed trade union, he served as president of the Youth Congress in 1970. In 1970, he won his first election to the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
More about his Political career
He served as the UDF’s convener from 1982 to 1986 and from 2001 to 2004. In 2004, Chandy succeeded A.K. Antony as Chief Minister. In 2011, he took office as CM for a second time. He also served as the opposition leader from 2006 to 2011. For more than 50 years, he served as the Puthupally district representative.
Oommen Chandy was a cunning politician
Chandy, a shrewd politician, served a significant role in the inner-party ‘group’ maneuvering within the state branch of Congress. He was also very well-liked by the general populace. While serving as Chief Minister, he created the “Mass Contact” program to address the issues that the general public was experiencing. At the time, he was the AICC’s general secretary as well.
Opposition leader V.D. Satheesan and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed their condolences for the loss.