P. J. Joseph

P. J. Joseph (born 10 June 1941) is an Indian politician, former minister and current MLA, who represents the Thodupuzha assembly constituency. He entered Kerala politics through Kerala Congress in 1968.[1]

P. J. Joseph
പി. ജെ. ജോസഫ്
P.J Joseph.jpg
Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
In office
May 11, 2006 (2006-05-11) – Present
Preceded byP. T. Thomas
Chairman Of Kerala Congress
Assumed office
27 April 2021
Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
In office
September 17, 1970 (1970-09-17) – March 23, 1991 (1991-03-23)
Preceded byK. C. Zacharia
Succeeded byP. T. Thomas
In office
May 20, 1996 (1996-05-20) – May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10)
Preceded byP. T. Thomas
Succeeded byP. T. Thomas
Minister for Water Resources, Irrigation and Inland Navigation, Government of Kerala
In office
23 May 2011 (2011-05-23) – 20 May 2016 (2016-05-20)
Preceded byN. K. Premachandran
Succeeded byMathew T. Thomas
Minister for Public Works, Government of Kerala
In office
17 August 2009 (2009-08-17) – 30 April 2010 (2010-04-30)
Preceded byMons Joseph
Succeeded byV. K. Ebrahimkunju
In office
18 May 2006 (2006-05-18) – 4 September 2006 (2006-09-04)
Preceded byM. K. Muneer
Succeeded byT. U. Kuruvilla
In office
May 1996 (1996-05) – May 2001 (2001-05)
Preceded byC. T. Ahammed Ali
Succeeded byM. K. Muneer
Minister for Education, Government of Kerala
In office
May 1996 (1996-05) – May 2001 (2001-05)
Preceded byE. T. Muhammed Basheer
Succeeded byNalakath Soopy
In office
28 December 1981 (1981-12-28) – 17 March 1982 (1982-03-17)
Preceded byBaby John
Succeeded byT. M. Jacob
Minister for Revenue and Housing, Government of Kerala
In office
28 December 1981 (1981-12-28) – 25 March 1987 (1987-03-25)
Preceded byP. S. Sreenivasan
Succeeded byP. S. Sreenivasan
Minister for Home Affairs, Government of Kerala
In office
16 January 1978 (1978-01-16) – 15 September 1978 (1978-09-15)
Preceded byK. M. Mani
Succeeded byK. M. Mani
Personal details
Born (1941-06-10) 10 June 1941 (age 80)
Purapuzha, Kingdom of Travancore, British India
(present day Idukki, Kerala, India)
Political partyKerala Congress
Dr. Santha Joseph
(m. 1971)
ResidencePurapuzha, Kerala

Early lifeEdit

P. J. Joseph was born on 10 June 1941 to Palathinal Joseph and Annamma at Purapuzha in Idukki district.[2]

He instituted the Gandhian Studies Centre and the Gandhi Centre for Sustainable Development.[3][4]

Political careerEdit

P.J Joseph contested and won his first election from Thodupuzha to the legislative assembly. He won these elections on ten occasions (1970, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1996, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2021).[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] He held various ministerial positions within the Government of Kerala:[14]

As Home Minister (1978)Edit

Joseph's first time as in Minister was 1978 as Home Minister in A. K. Antony's ministry. He served this roll for nearly 8 months.He resigned the position for his colleague K.M Mani

As Revenue minister (1981-1987)Edit

Since 1981 Joseph Joseph became Revenue minister in K. Karunakaran's ministry. Joseph was Revenue minister between 1981 and 1982 and 1982–1987

As Education minister (1996-2001)Edit

E. K. Nayanar's ministry between (1996 and 2001). Joseph was Education minister.

PWD minister (2006-2010)Edit

He was short-term PWD minister in V. S. Achuthanandan's ministry in 2006 and 2010. he resigned twice. first time he was accused of misbehaviour with a lady co-passenger. He was acquitted and by the court. second time was for leaving Left Democratic Front for united Kerala congress. It was after 23 years, Joseph's party again merged with Kerala Congress (M) and a alliance member of United Democratic Front (UDF).

Kerala Congress (Joseph)Edit

In 1979 he parted ways with Kerala congress leader K. M. Mani to form a Kerala Congress (Joseph) new party. However in 1985 Kerala congress leaders K. M. Mani (from Kerala Congress (M)), P. J. Joseph from Kerala Congress (Joseph), R. Balakrishna Pillai (from Kerala Congress (B)) and their parties merged forming the united Kerala Congress. This party split in 1987. P. J. Joseph continued in United Democratic Front (UDF) till 1989. He contested for the Lok Sabha at Muvattupuzha and Idukki in 1989 and 1991, but was unsuccessful. Kerala Congress (Joseph) issue raised in Muvattupuzha Lok Sabha seat made him leave the alliance and join LDF. Since 1991 Joseph's party became part of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) as an alliance.

In 2010, after 23 years, Joseph's party again merged with Kerala Congress (M) and a alliance member of United Democratic Front (UDF).

On 30 April 2010, Joseph resigned from the LDF government and declared his party's merger with K. M. Mani's party. After UDF's win in Kerala Legislative Assembly's election in 2011, Oommen Chandy became Chief Minister of Kerala. Joseph was appointed minister for the 7th time, now with the portfolio of irrigation; he completed his term in 2016.[15]

Chairman Of Kerala CongressEdit

A power struggle erupted in the party Between Jose K. Mani faction and P. J. Joseph Fraction. The Election Commission intervened and it ruled in favor of Jose K Mani. Later, the faction led by P.J Joseph merged with Kerala Congress.

On April 27 an online meeting was convened by the party leadership in Thodupuzha and P.J Joseph was chosen as party chairman.[16]


Joseph resigned from the Kerala Cabinet on 4 September 2006 as he was accused of misbehaviour with a lady co-passenger on a Kingfisher flight. He was acquitted by court on 11 May 2009 due to insufficient evidence.[17][18]

Personal lifeEdit

P. J. Joseph married Dr. Santha Joseph (Retd. Additional Director, Kerala Health Department) on 15 September 1971.

They have four children, three sons and one daughter, named as Appu John Joseph, Dr. Anu Yamuna, Antony Joseph and the late Jomon Joseph.[19] Jomon Joseph, his youngest son, who suffered from Down's Syndrome, died on 20 November 2020 aged 34.

See alsoEdit

Second Oommen Chandy ministry

V. S. Achuthanandan ministry

Third E. K. Nayanar ministry

Third K. Karunakaran ministry

Second K. Karunakaran ministry

First A. K. Antony ministry


  1. ^ http://www.stateofkerala.in/niyamasabha/p_j_joseph.php
  2. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/13kla/members/p_j_joseph.htm
  3. ^ "Adopt organic farming methods". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 7 February 2006. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007.
  4. ^ "Declare Kerala an organic farming State: Joseph". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 31 October 2006. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/mem_1_4.htm 4th KLA
  6. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/mem_1_5.htm 5th KLA
  7. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/mem_1_6.htm 6th KLA
  8. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/mem_1_7.htm 7th KLA
  9. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/mem_1_8.htm 8th KLA
  10. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/mem_1_10.htm 10th KLA
  11. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/mem_1_12.htm 12th KLA
  12. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/mem_1_13.htm 13th KLA
  13. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/mem_1_14.htm 14th KLA
  14. ^ http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/13kla/members/p_j_joseph.htm P. J. Joseph MLA
  15. ^ "Kerala Congress(J) splits, PJ Joseph resigns". Rediff. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  16. ^ https://www.manoramaonline.com/news/latest-news/2021/04/27/pj-joseph-elected-kerala-congress-chairman.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Scaria, Joe A. "Joseph acquitted in misbehaviour case". The Economic Times. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Joseph steps down; Kuruvilla named new Kerala Congress(J) Minister". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 5 September 2006. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007.
  19. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/kerala-congress-leader-pj-josephs-younger-son-dies-of-heart-attack/articleshow/79324823.cms

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