Oommen Chandy has been elected continuously to the state Legislative Assembly from Puthupally constituency since 1970. He was sworn in as Chief Minister of the state in the UDF Government on 18.05.2011.
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Fifty long years as a Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly gave Shri Oommen Chandy Ministerial berth for just around 12 years and ironically never did he hold an office for a full term. Short spells of Ministership however have the spark and glow of an able administrator and the vision of a Statesman.
His decision as Labour Minister to grant unemployment allowance to the millions of educated unemployed of the State was truly historic. As Home Minister Shri Oommen Chandy instilled a sense of confidence and gave a new look to the police force with an imaginative change in their uniform in tune with the times. A popular Finance Minister Oommen Chandy never turned his face off from taking really hard decisions to set the economy back on track and stabilize the State finances, which were in a shambles.
A rather short tenure of Chief Ministership from end August 2004 to May 2006 witnessed the able Statesmanship of Oommen Chandy. A host of policy decisions and meticulous plan of action aimed at launching the State into a fast track of all round development and growth marked this period. Vallarpadam Transshipment Terminal, Vizhinjam Port, Smart City, Metro Rail, Capital City Development, Kerala State Transport Project, Sabarimala Master Plan, Kannur International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport - these are some of the major initiatives which demonstrated the development vision of Oommen Chandy and his Statesmanship.
Not to mention Oommen Chandy's compassion for the poor and the needy and his willingness even to go out of way to provide them solace would be unfair. Thousands and Thousands who thronged the Mass Contact Programme in increasing numbers across the state reflect their confidence in this man and demonstrate his determination to go all out in helping them.
A Mass Leader
A staunch proponent of Indian National Congress and its ideology, Chandy ventured into the political arena as an activist of Kerala Students Union (KSU), the student wing of the party. He was the unit president of KSU at St George High School, Puthupally, and went on to become the State President of the organization. For a short period he was also the President of All Kerala Balajana Sakhyam.
He completed his college education from CMS College, Kottayam, SB College, Changanassery and Government Law College, Ernakulam. These campuses not only bestowed knowledge, but also moulded the career of a mass leader, Oommen Chandy.
His entry into the main stream Congress politics was through Youth Congress in which he served as the President at the state level. At the National level, he served the party as member of the AICC. He also associated with several trade unions, affiliated with INTUC, and has led several mass movements addressing causes concerning the commoner. He was elected to Kerala legislative Assembly for the first time from Puthupally constituency in 1970, and since then he never looked back. The impeccable track record of winning 10 times continuously from the constituency is an eloquent testimony of his popularity and public acceptance.
His simple life style, immaculate track record and above all his compassionate behavior earns him a unique position in the minds of each and every Keralite.
- Date of birth : 31st October 1943
- Birthplace : Kumarakom in Kottayam district of Kerala
- Father : K.O. Chandy, Karottu Vallakkalil, Puthupally
- Mother : Baby Chandy
- Wife : Mariamma Oommen
- Daughters : Maria, Achu
- Son : Chandy Oommen
- Son-in law : Verghese George, Leejo Philip
- Schooling : St George H.S Puthupally
- Pre-University Course : CMS College, Kottayam
- B.A Economics : St. Berchmans College, Changanassery
- Bachelor's Degree in law (BL) : Government Law College, Ernakulam