|Leader of the Opposition of the Kerala Legislative Assembly|
29 May 2016
|Preceded by||V. S. Achuthanandan|
|Minister of Home Affairs Kerala|
1 January 2014 – 20 May 2016
|Preceded by||Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan|
|Succeeded by||Pinarayi Vijayan|
|Minister of Rural Development Kerala State|
5 June 1986 – 25 March 1987
|Preceded by||N. Sundaran Nadar|
|Succeeded by||T. Sivadasa Menon|
|President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee|
|Preceded by||K. Muraleedharan|
|Succeeded by||V. M. Sudheeran|
|Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
25 May 2011
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Skariah Thomas|
|Succeeded by||K. Suresh Kurup|
25 May 1956 |
Mavelikkara, Travancore-Cochin, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
Ramesh Chennithala (born 25 May 1956) is an Indian politician, affiliated to the Indian National Congress, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Legislative Assembly since 2016. He has served as a Member of Parliament and as state home minister in the Government of Kerala.
Early life and education
Started political life from early school days. In 1982, he became All India President of NSUI and later, in the same year got elected as MLA from Haripad Constituency. In 1985, he became the General Secretary of Indian Youth Congress (I) and went on to become the youngest Minister (Rural Development) in the Ministry of K. Karunakaran in 1986 at the age of 29.
In 1986, he became the President of Pradesh Youth Congress (I), Kerala and in 1987 he was re-elected as MLA from Haripad Constituency.
In 1989 he was elected as Member of Parliament from Kottayam Parliamentary Constituency and became National President, Indian Youth Congress (I) in 1990.
Later in 1991, 1996 and 1999 he was re-elected to Parliament. In 2001 he became the AICC Secretary with independent charge of seven states and in 2002 with independent charge of five states. He became President of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee in 2005. In 2011, for the third time he was re-elected as MLA from Haripad Constituency. He served as State Executive Member, State Vice President, State General Secretary and State President of KSU and also as General Secretary of Indian Youth Congress (I).
He was also member of various committees including Consultative Committee for Commerce; Labour and Welfare Committee; Central Committee for 125th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi; Central Committee for Birth Centenary of Subhash Chandra Bose; Finance Committee-Lok Sabha; H.R.D. Standing Committee; Public Accounts Committee; Coir Board; Civil aviation Consultative Committee; and Joint Parliamentary Committee on Pesticides in Soft Drinks and Fruit Drinks. Other important positions held include - KPCC President, AICC Secretary, Indian Youth Congress National President, President- Pradesh Youth Congress (I) Kerala.
- Parlement of India
- "Ramesh Chennithala elected as new opposition leader". Times of India. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Ramesh Chennithala-keralaassembly.org".
- "KERALA LEGISLATURE - MEMBERS".
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