G. K. Vasan

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G. K. Vasan
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Personal details
Born (1964-12-28)28 December 1964
Sundara Perumalkoil, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Spouse(s) Sunitha Vasan
Children One son (Pranav Karuppiah)
Website Official Facebook Page [1]

G. K. Vasan (born Govindaswamy Karuppiah Vasan, 28 December 1964) is a former Union Minister of Shipping of the Government of India.[1] He was a Member of Parliament representing the Indian National Congress from Tamil Nadu.

He was educated at the Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, and graduated from the New College. He is the son of a veteran Congress leader, G. K. Moopanar, who later formed his own political party, the Tamil Maanila Congress. The TMC elected Vasan as its leader after the death of his father, later he merged the TMC with the Indian National Congress. The Congress President Sonia Gandhi appointed him as the Secretary of the Party. In November 2003, G. K. Vasan was appointed as President of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee.

On November 3, 2014, he announced his exit from the Congress party to launch his own political outfit.[2]

Vasan has held the following positions:[citation needed]

  • May 2009 - May 2014: Union Minister of Shipping, Government of India
  • March 2009 - May 2009: Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge) (Additional Charge)
  • April 2008 : Re-elected to the Rajya Sabha (2nd Term)
  • January 2006 - May 2009 : Union Minister of State for Statistics & Programme Implementation (Independent Charge)
  • October 2004 - January 2006 : Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Urban Development
  • August 2004 - January 2006 : Member, Committee on Coal and Steel
  • November 2003 - February 2006 : President, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee
  • June 2003 - July 2004 : Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation
  • August 2002 - November 2003 : Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC)
  • January 2003 - February 2004 : Member, Committee on Urban and Rural Development
  • June 2002 - July 2004 : Member, Departmentally-Related Standing Committee on Urban and Rural Development
  • May 2002 - January 2004 : Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Agriculture
  • April 2002 : Elected to Rajya Sabha
  • August 2001 - August 2002 : President, Tamil Maanila Congress


Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Shipping