C. F. Thomas


C. F. Thomas
Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
In office
1980 (1980) – 27 September 2020 (2020-09-27)
Preceded byJoseph Chacko
Succeeded byJob Michael
Minister for Registration, Rural Development, Khadi and Village Industries, Government of Kerala
In office
17 May 2001 (2001-05-17) – 12 May 2006 (2006-05-12)
Chief Minister
Personal details
Chennikkara Francis Thomas

(1939-07-30)30 July 1939
Changanassery, Kingdom of Travancore, British India
(present day Kottayam, Kerala, India)
Died27 September 2020(2020-09-27) (aged 81)
Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India
Political partyKerala Congress (M)

Chennikkara Francis Thomas (30 July 1939 – 27 September 2020) was an Indian politician from Changanassery and member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. He was Minister for Rural Development in the third A. K. Antony ministry and the subsequent first Oommen Chandy ministry. He was also the Chairman of the Kerala Congress and later became its Deputy Chairman.

Before entering politics, he was a teacher at St. Berchmans Higher Secondary School in Changanassery from 1962 to 1980.[2][3]

Political careerEdit

Thomas entered politics in 1956 as an activist of the Kerala Students Union, the student wing of the Indian National Congress. He joined the Kerala Congress in 1964 and was a founder member of the party. He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly for 9 consecutive terms starting from 1980, representing Changanassery constituency.

Thomas was a minister in the third A. K. Antony ministry and the subsequent first Oommen Chandy ministry, holding the portfolios of Registration, Rural Development, Khadi and Village Industries.[4] He was the State Level General Secretary of Kerala Catholic Students League. He was respected for his humility and simple lifestyle.

Starting political activities while a student, he joined Indian National Congress and then became Vice-President of Changanassery Town (West). He joined Kerala Congress on its formation and served as Secretary and President of Changanassery constituency; District Secretary, Kottayam; Member, State Executive Committee. He worked as General Secretary and Chairman of the Kerala Congress (M).

Owing to the amalgamation of the three groups of Kerala Congress, he served as its Deputy Chairman. He allied with the P. J. Joseph faction of KC(M) after the party faced a rift following K. M. Mani's death.[5]

Thomas died at Thiruvalla Believers Church Medical College Hospital on 27 September 2020, at age 81, following a long illness.[6]


  1. ^ ലേഖകൻ, മാധ്യമം (3 May 2021). "സി.എഫിന് കൊടുത്ത എം.എല്‍.എ സ്ഥാനം തിരികെപ്പിടിച്ച് എല്‍.ഡി.എഫ് | Madhyamam". www.madhyamam.com. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Tight fight in Kottayam district". Hinduonnet.com. 6 May 2001. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Installation of Corepiscopoi held". The Hindu. 14 January 2007. Archived from the original on 27 November 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  4. ^ Panda, Sushmita (27 September 2020). "CF Thomas, veteran Kerala Congress leader and Changanassery MLA, dies". www.indiatvnews.com. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Changanassery MLA C F Thomas (81) passes away". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Kerala Congress veteran CF Thomas MLA passes away". The New Indian Express. 27 September 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2020.