Kollam, May 3
Kerala Congress (B) chairman and former minister R Balakrishna Pillai handed away at a personal hospital in his hometown Kottarakkara on Monday morning because of age-related illnesses, his household mentioned.
He was 86.
Born in a rich household in Kottarakkara, Pillai entered politics throughout his pupil days. He was a member of the Students Federation earlier than becoming a member of the Congress.
He was a member of the AICC from 1958 to 1964.
Having been elected to the Assembly in 1960 from the Pathanapuram seat on the age of 25, Pillai give up the Congress in 1964 and shaped the Kerala Congress (B) together with senior chief KM George.
Pillai was the founder basic secretary of the Kerala Congress (B).
He received the election from his dwelling constituency Kottarakara in 1965, however was defeated within the subsequent two polls in 1967 and 1970.
Pillai was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1971 from the Mavelikara constituency.
He was a minister for a number of years in varied ministries headed by C Achutha Menon, Okay Karunakaran, EK Nayanar, and AK Antony.
Pillai’s over six-decade-long political profession noticed many ups and downs.
He needed to resign from the ministry for his speech within the Nineteen Eighties wherein he had known as for an agitation on the strains of the militancy in Punjab towards the central authorities for ignoring Kerala’s growth wants.
He was the primary minister in Kerala who was sentenced to jail for corruption.
The Supreme Court had in February 2011 sentenced Pillai and two others to one-year imprisonment for allegedly abusing their positions within the award of a contract for the Idamalayar hydroelectric energy mission throughout his tenure as energy minister from 1982-1985 within the Okay Karunakaran ministry.
From 2017 onwards, he had been serving because the chairman of the Kerala State Welfare Corporation for Forward Communities, with cupboard rank.
Pillai is survived by three youngsters.
His son Ganesh Kumar, who can be a former minister, was re-elected to the Kerala Assembly as an LDF candidate from his household bastion Pathanapuram. PTI