M. Vijayakumar (born 5 October 1950), is an Indian politician and advocate. He is the former Minister for Law in the Government of Kerala and a member of both State and Central Committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist). He represented the Trivandrum north constituency, Thiruvananthapuram in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. He also served as the Speaker of 10th Kerala Legislative Assembly.
|Minister for Law, Sports, and Youth Affairs, Speaker of 10th Kerala Legislative Assembly|
|Preceded by||K. M. Mani|
|Succeeded by||K. M. Mani, P. K. Jayalakshmi|
|Constituency||Trivandrum north, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Born||5 October 1950|
Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, India
|Political party||Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
Mr.M.Vijayakumar was born on 5 October 1950 at Nedumangad in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. He holds a B.A. and Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree. He entered politics through student's movement and took active part in the formation of Students' Federation of India (SFI) in 1970 and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) in 1980. During the course of his political career, he has served at different times as the Kerala State Secretary of the SFI, District Secretary & State Secretary of DYFI, All India President of the DYFI, and State Committee member of CPI (M).
Vijayakumar was arrested several times and beaten by the police during the emergency period. He was also jailed for four months at Poojappura Central Jail, Thiruvananthapuram during emergency. He led several agitations, including Parliament March in September, 1981 raising the slogan "Education for all and job for all" and in August, 1986 actively participated in the "way blockade" agitation for getting unemployment wages and recruitments to be made through Public Service Commission (PSC) and brutally beaten by the police.
He was elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1987, 1991 and 1996 and served as Speaker of 10th Kerala Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 2001, being the first speaker to complete his term. In 2001, he suffered defeat, but again won in 2006. In that chance, he became the state cabinet minister for law. In 2011, he did not contest elections. In 2015, he contested in the by-elections from Aruvikkara, which fell vacant due to the death of former Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly G. Karthikeyan, who died in office, but got defeated by Karthikeyan's son K.S. Sabarinathan. Now he is residing at PHAS( Pattur Housing Accommodation Scheme of KSHB ) at EMS Nagar, Pattur, Trivandrum.
He is presently the Chairman of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation [KTDC].
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- "Vijayakumar re-elected CPI(M) district secretary". The Hindu. 16 January 2005. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "M. Vijayakumar". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 31 December 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
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