Pillai was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1960 from the Pathanapuram seat at the age of 25. He left the Congress in 1964 and formed the Kerala Congress along with senior leader KM George.
Former Minister R. Balkrishna Pillai
Kerala Congress president and former minister R Balkrishna Pillai died on Monday morning due to age-related ailments at a private hospital in his hometown, Kottarakkara. He was 86 years old. Born into a wealthy family in Kottarakkara, Pillai entered politics in his student life. He was a member of the Students’ Federation before joining the Congress. He was a member of the AICC (All India Congress Committee) from 1958 to 1964.
Pillai was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1960 from the Pathanapuram seat at the age of 25. He left the Congress in 1964 and formed the Kerala Congress along with senior leader KM George. Pillai was the founding general secretary of the Kerala Congress. He won the election from his hometown Kottarakkara in 1965, but lost in 1967 and 1970. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1971 from Mavelikara parliamentary constituency. He was also a minister in various ministries for many years.
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Was the first minister from Kerala who had to go to jail in a corruption case
Pillai saw many ups and downs in his political life. He had said in his speech in the 1980s that people should oppose the central government on the lines of insurgency in Punjab due to the neglect of Kerala’s development needs, after which he had to resign from the ministry. He was the first minister in Kerala who had to go to jail in a corruption case.
Pillai was the chairman of ‘Kerala State Welfare Corporation for Forward Communities’ from 2017. He has three children in his family. His son and former minister Ganesh Kumar was re-elected from Pathanapuram as a Left Democratic Front candidate in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
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