Pattom A. Thanu Pillai ministry

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The Pattom A. Thanu Pillai ministry was a Kerala government ministry formed on 22 February 1960 and lasted till 26 September 1962.

Pattam Thanu Pillai Ministry
2nd Cabinet of Kerala
22 Feb 1960 – 26 Sep 1962
Date formed22 February 1960
Date dissolved26 September 1962
People and organisations
Head of governmentPattam A. Thanu Pillai
Member partyPraja Socialist Party
Opposition partyCommunist Party of India
Election(s)1960 Kerala Legislative Assembly election
PredecessorFirst EMS Ministry
SuccessorR. Sankar Ministry


After E M S Namboothiripad Government was dismissed, Kerala was under President rule. Elections were held to the legislative assembly on 1 February 1960.[1]

Indian National Congress became the largest party with 63 seats in the assembly after the elections. Communists became the second largest party 26 seats and Praja Socialist Party (PSP) got 20 seats. Congress and PSP formed a coalition government, with Pattom A Thanu Pillai of PSP as the Chief Minister, and R Sankar from Congress as the Deputy Chief Minister. Even though PSP was a junior partner in the coalition, Pattam was chosen as the Chief Minister because the congress leader R Sankar was from Ezhava caste which the Nair Service Society, the main supporters of Congress, disapproved of. Pattam previously held the posts of Prime Minister in the erstwhile Travancore state, and later the Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin state.

Pattam resigned on 26 September 1962 when he was posted as the Governor of Punjab. This paved the way for the first Congress chief minister in Kerala under R. Sankar.

Council of MinistersEdit

Minister Ministry/Portfolio Party
1 Pattam A. Thanu Pillai Chief Minister Praja Socialist Party
2 R. Sankar Deputy Chief Minister

Minister for Finance

Indian National Congress
3 P. T. Chacko Minister for Home Affairs
4 K. A. Damodara Menon Minister for Industries
5 P. P. Ummer Koya Department of Education
6 K. T. Achuthan Minister for Transport & Labour
7 E. P. Poulose Minister for Food & Agriculture
8 V. K. Velappan Minister for Public Health & Electricity (expired on 26 August 1962)
9 K. Kunhambu Minister for Harijan Uplift & Registration
10 D. Damodaran Potti Minister for Public Works Praja Socialist Party
11 K. Chandrasekharan Minister for Law & Revenue

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "History of Kerala Legislature". Kerala Government. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)