Oommen Chandy, a former governor of Kerala, dies at age 79

Oommen Chandy, a former governor of Kerala, dies at age 79.

former chief minister of Kerala passed away, according to a Facebook post by his son Chandy Oommen.



At the age of 79, Oommen Chandy, a prominent member of the Indian National Congress party, passed away. His son, Chandy Oommen, said on Facebook that he had regretfully gone away while receiving cancer treatment on July 18 in the early hours of the morning in a hospital in Bengaluru.

Chandy had a protracted and fruitful career in politics. He served as the Kottayam district’s representative for the Puthupally seat for a number of years, and the populace knew and appreciated him. He led the United Democratic Front (UDF) ministries under the leadership of the Congress from 2004 to 2006 again from 2011 to 2016.


Chandy had a long career in politics. He held the position of Minister of Labor in the K. Karunakaran Ministry in 1977 and the A.K. Antony Ministry in the succeeding cabinet. From December 1981 to March 1982, he served as the Home Minister in the K. Karunakaran administration. In the 1991 UDF ministry, he also handled the Finance position.

On October 30, 1943, Chandy was born to Karottu Vallakalil K.V. Chandy and Baby Chandy. Chandy got involved in politics through the Kerala Students Union.


the Youth Congress, and the KSU. In 1965, he was named State general secretary of the KSU, and in 1967, he was made its State. He attended St. George High School in Kottayam for his education. Additionally, Chandy graduated from the Government Law College in Thiruvananthapuram, the SB College in Changanassery, and the CMS College in Kottayam.

In addition to being engaged in the INTUC, the Congress-backed trade union, he was elected president of the Youth Congress in 1970.

In 1970, he won his first election to the Kerala Legislative Assembly.

He served as the UDF’s convener from 1982 to 1986 again from 2001 to 2004. Following A.K. Antony’s departure as Chief Minister in 2004, Chandy was appointed to the position. In 2011, he was elected CM a second time. He previously served as opposition leader from 2006 to 2011.


For more than 50 years, he served as the Puthupally district representative.

Chandy, a shrewd politician, had played a significant role in the inner-party ‘group’ maneuvering within the state branch of the Congress. He was also very well liked by the general populace. While serving as Chief Minister, he created the “Mass Contact” initiative to address the issues that the general populace was experiencing.

He currently served as the AICC’s general secretary.

Chandy leaves behind his wife Mariamma Oommen, as well as their three children, Achu, Maria, and Chandy.

Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister, and V.D. Satheesan, the leader of the opposition, expressed their condolences.



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