Thursday, May 31, 2012

Late. P Ramachandran, former Union Minister and Governor of Kerala

P. Ramachandran (July 11, 1921–May 23, 2001) was an Indian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly. In parliament he represented Tamil Nadu. He was also Governor of Kerala (1982–1988).

Born on July 11, 1921, Mr. Ramachandran, a veteran Congressman and a close associate of Kamaraj, is the managing trustee of the TNCC Charitable Trust.

Mr. Ramachandran, popularly known as Paa. Raa., took to politics early in life when he joined the Congress during the freedom struggle.

He was a member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 1957 to 1967 and the chief whip from 1962 to 1967. When the Congress split in 1969, he remained with the Congress(O) and later became its State president.

After the death of Kamaraj in 1975, he continued to lead the party, though many of his partymen joined the Congress(I) in 1976. However, he merged the Congress(O) with the Janata Party in 1977.

Elected to the Lok Sabha as a Janata Party candidate from the Madras Central constituency in 1977, he served as Union Minister for Energy in the Morarji Desai Cabinet.

After the fall of the Morarji Desai Government in 1979, he joined the Congress(I) headed by Indira Gandhi.

He was Chairman of the Food Corporation of India in 1980 after which, in 1981, he became the Governor of Kerala, a post he held till 1988. He kept away from active politics since 1989 but continued to be the managing trustee of the TNCC Charitable Trust.
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