V. Surendran Pillai
V. Surendran Pillai
|Minister for Port & Youth welfare|
10 September 2010 – 16 May 2011
|Preceded by||M. Vijayakumar|
|Succeeded by||K. Babu|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly|
22 May 1984 – 1987
|Preceded by||M. Sam Oommen|
|Succeeded by||J. Chitharanjan|
|Born||20 November 1955 (age 65)|
|Political party||Loktantrik Janata Dal|
He entered to the politics as a member of Kerala Congress. He was the president of Anchal Block Panchayath. He held the post of Kerala Congress district president and general secretary. In 1984, he was elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly from Punalur constituency in a by-election.
When party split, he stood with P.J. Joseph, and became the Kerala Congress Trade Union Congress (J) state president. In 2006, he was elected from Thiruvananthapuram West assembly constituency. He defeated Sharath Chandra Prasad from Congress. He was the 183rd minister in the Kerala Legislative Assembly and the sixteenth minister to be sworn in from the Kerala Congress. When Kerala Congress (J) merged with Kerala Congress (M), he joined Kerala Congress (Anti-merger Group). He lost to V.S. Sivakumar in the 2011 State Election.
Once again the party split when he and Skaria Thomas formed Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas) group. The party had alliance with LDF. But he was enraged after the LDF dumped him while rejecting his claim for the Thiruvananthapuram Central Assembly seat in 2016 election and allotting it to the Kerala Congress (Democratic) nominee. Surendran Pillai announced his decision to leave the Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas) party and work together with secular and democratic forces. He also claimed that four general secretaries and six district secretaries of the party had quit along with him. He joined Janata Dal (United) and the party gave the Nemom seat to contest.
- "Surendran Pillai sworn in Minister". The Hindu. 4 August 2010. Archived from the original on 6 September 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "Biodata of Mr. V. Surendran Pillai (KCT)". Kerala Assembly. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
- "Surendran Pillai to Enter UDF, Johnny Looking at New Turf". The New Indian Express. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.