K. M. Mani

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K. M. Mani കെ . എം. മാണി
K. M. Mani Minister.jpg
Mla pala
In office
May 2011 – 12 November 2015
Preceded by Dr. Thomas Isaac (Finance), M. Vijayakumar (Law)
M. L. A. of Kerala Assembly
In office
1965 – Incumbent
former Minister of Revenue and Law
In office
May 2001 – May 2006
Preceded by K. E. Ismail
Succeeded by K. P. Rajendran (Revenue), M. Vijayakumar (Law)
Minister of Revenue and Law
In office
June 1991 – May 1996
Preceded by P. S. Sreenivasan
Succeeded by K. E. Ismail
Minister of Revenue and Law
In office
1987–1987
Minister of Irrigation and Law
In office
1987–1987
Preceded by M. P. Gangadharan
Succeeded by Baby John
Minister of Finance and Law
In office
December 1981 – May 1986
Preceded by Himself
Succeeded by Thachady Prabhakaran
Minister of Finance and Law
In office
January 1980 – October 1981
Preceded by N. Bhaskaran Nair
Succeeded by Himself
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
April 1977 – July 1979
Preceded by K. Karunakaran
Succeeded by T. K. Ramakrishnan
Minister of Finance
In office
December 1975 – March 1977
Preceded by K. G. Adiyodi
Succeeded by M. K. Hemachandran
Kottayam D. C. C. Secretary of Indian National Congress
In office
1960–1965
Personal details
Born (1933-01-30) 30 January 1933 (age 83)
Marangattupally, Palai
Political party Kerala Congress (M)
Spouse(s) Kuttiyamma
Children One son (Jose K. Mani) and five daughters
Residence Palai, Kerala
Religion Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Nickname(s) Mani sir
As of 11 March, 2010

'Karingozhakkal Mani Mani (well known as " മാണി" or "Maani") is an Indian veteran politician and the leader of Kerala Congress (M), one of the main factions of the Kerala Congress, a party born in Central Travancore or Central South Kerala region focusing on the interest of Kerala farmers. He holds the records of having presented the maximum number of budgets (thirteen) in the Kerala Legislative Assembly as Finance Minister and also as the longest-serving member of Kerala Assembly. He holds the distinction of being the longest-serving minister in the Government of Kerala and having continuously represented Pala legislative constituency since its inception in 1965. Based on Kerala High court's comments on Mani's alleged involvement in Kerala BAR license scam and bribery case, he had to resign from the post of Finance minister of Kerala on 10 November 2015.

Early life[edit]

He was born to Sri. Thomas Mani and Smt. Aliyamma. He started his political career by being the Congress president of Marangattupilly ward. He is married to Congress veteran P. T. Chacko's cousin, Kuttiyamma, and has six children - five daughters and one son - Jose K. Mani, who was elected as a member of Parliament to Lok Sabha from Kottayam in 2009 and 2014.

Political career[edit]

Mani practiced as a lawyer before entering into politics as an active member of Indian National Congress. He served as the Kottayam DCC (District Congress Committee) Secretary from 1960 till 1964 when a few leaders in Congress veteran P. T. Chacko's camp in the state Congress led by K. M. George (politician) parted ways with the parent party and formed the Kerala Congress. He was elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1965 from the Palai Assembly Constituency (now PALA) Constituency of Kottayam district, and since then he won all the twelve elections that followed in 1967, 1970, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016. He was minister for Home Affairs (April 1977 to September 1978 and again from October 1978 to July 1979), Finance and Law (January 1980 - October 1981, December 1981-March 1982 and again from May 1982-March 1982-March 1986), Irrigation and law(1987), Revenue and Law(1987), Revenue and Law (June 1991 to March 1996), Revenue and Law(2001 to 2006). He has never lost an election to the Legislative Assembly.[citation needed]

He lost the Chief Minister post of Kerala in 1979 when P. K. Vasudevan Nair resigned. Then C. H. Mohammed Koya became Chief Minister and after two months Mani withdrew his party's support on that government and Koya resigned. Now Mani got another chance to become the Chief Minister, but with the interference of Congress party the Assembly was dissolved in favour of all those who did not wish him to become the Chief Minister.[citation needed]

Mani was not among the founders of Kerala Congress. In the faction ridden Kerala Congress, Mani is accused by political foes as having engineered many a split in the party.[citation needed]

In his tenure as being a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), he is second only to K. R. Gowri Amma.[citation needed]

In a public function organised at Ramapuram, Palai on October 2009, M. M. Jacob, senior Congress leader and former Meghalaya Governor said that he advised Mani in 1965 to contest in the Congress party label and if it was done Mani would have become the Chief Minister very early. Again he said that now Mani is fully eligible for the post of Chief Minister.[citation needed]

In 2009, Mani got the P. R. Francis award for the best social worker of Kerala. After presenting the award to Mani in a function organised at Thrissur, Congress leader Oommen Chandy invited him to Congress party. But Mani rejected.[citation needed]

On 2 November 2009, P. C. George faction of the Kerala Congress decided to merge with Kerala Congress (M). This was a major breakthrough in the Kerala politics since George abused and criticised Mani for many years.[citation needed]

On 30 April 2010, P. J. Joseph resigned his ministerial post and declared that his Kerala Congress is going to merge with Kerala Congress (M). Political analysts have estimated that this decision will help Kerala Congress to sweep almost all the assembly seats in Central Travancore region and will create a new diversion in Kerala politics.[1]

On 13 May 2011, Mani recorded his 12th consecutive victory from his home constituency of Palai by defeating the Left front candidate Mani C. Kappen by a lead of 5,500 votes.[citation needed]

On 10 Nov 2015, Mani was pulled down from the position as Minister of Finance and Law Kerala state, as he was accused of being a part of bar bribery scam.

He is the author of Fiscal Problems of Kerala-Causes and Remedial Measures, The People's Socialism and The Eighth Five Year Plan-An alternative approach.[2]

He is the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Based on Kerala High court's comments on Mani's alleged involvement in Kerala BAR license scam and bribery case, he resigned from the post of Finance minister on 11 November 2015, after a lot of heated political debate. The resignation has come after a day long political turmoil in Kerala capital.

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