Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala minister KP Viswanathan passes away at 83

During his six-decade-long political career, Viswanathan represented Kunnamkulam and Kodakara seats in the State Assembly.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 15, 2023 | 1:59 PMUpdatedDec 15, 2023 | 4:12 PM

KP Viswanathan.

Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Minister KP Viswanathan died at a private hospital in Thrissur on Friday while undergoing treatment for age-related ailments, party sources said. He was 83.

During his six-decade-long political career, Viswanathan represented Kunnamkulam and Kodakara seats in the state Assembly as a Congress member.

Viswanathan was born on 22 April 1940 to Kallayil Pangan and Parukkutty.

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His political career

He served as minister for forest twice in the state Cabinet, from July 1991 to November 1994 in the ministry headed by K Karunakaran and from September 2004 to February 2005 in the ministry headed by Oommen Chandy.

He entered politics through the Youth Congress and served as president of the Thrissur district Youth Congress from 1967 to 1970.

In 1970, he contested the state Assembly elections from Kunnamkulam constituency but lost. Viswanathan was elected to the Kerala Assembly in 1977 and 1980 from Kunnamkulam. However, he lost from the same seat in 1982.

In 1987 he contested from the Kodagara segment and won which was followed in the four subsequent elections from there, 1991, 1996, and 2001.

He was an alumnus of Kerala Varma College in Thrissur and the Ernakulam Law College .In 1967, he became the first person to be elected as the district president of the Youth Congress.

In 1970, he became the Thrissur district Congress committee general secretary and the president of the district cooperative bank in 1972. Since the same year, 1972, he had been a member of the KPCC.

Kerala Assembly Speaker AN Shamseer condoled Viswanathan’s demise.