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Karingozhakkal Mani Mani (well known as "Maani Sir") is an Indian veteran politician and the leader of Kerala
Kerala
Congress (M), one of the main factions of the Kerala
Kerala
Congress, a party born in Central Travancore or Central South Kerala
Kerala
region focusing on the interest of Kerala
Kerala
farmers. He holds the records of having presented the maximum number of budgets (thirteen) in the Kerala
Kerala
Legislative Assembly as Finance Minister and also as the longest-serving member of Kerala Assembly. He holds the distinction of being the longest-serving minister in the Government of Kerala
Kerala
and having continuously represented Pala legislative constituency since its inception in 1965. His initiative of Karunya Lottery Benovelent Scheme provided financial help of Rs. 1400 crores for nearly one lakh fifty thousand poor patients. He was the first person to introduce pension for farmers and widows in India, something which is not heard of anywhere else in the world. His Theory of the Toiling Class was presented in the British Parliament. Based on Kerala
Kerala
High court's comments on Mani's alleged involvement in Kerala
Kerala
BAR license scam and bribery case, he had to resign from the post of Finance minister of Kerala
Kerala
on 10 November 2015.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Political career 3 References 4 External links

Early life[edit] He was born to Sri. Thomas Mani and Smt. Aliyamma. He started his political career by being the Congress president of Marangattupilly ward. He is married to Congress veteran P. T. Chacko's cousin, Kuttiyamma, and has six children - five daughters - Elsa, Annie,Sally, Tessy and Smitha., and one son - Jose K. Mani, who was elected as a member of Parliament to Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
from Kottayam
Kottayam
in 2009 and 2014. Political career[edit] Mani practiced as a lawyer before entering into politics as an active member of Indian National Congress. He served as the Kottayam
Kottayam
DCC (District Congress Committee) Secretary from 1960 till 1964 when a few leaders in Congress veteran P. T. Chacko's camp in the state Congress led by K. M. George (politician)
K. M. George (politician)
parted ways with the parent party and formed the Kerala
Kerala
Congress. He was elected to Kerala
Kerala
Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1965 from the Palai
Palai
Assembly Constituency (now PALA) Constituency of Kottayam
Kottayam
district, and since then he won all the twelve elections that followed in 1967, 1970, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016. He was minister for Home Affairs (April 1977 to September 1978 and again from October 1978 to July 1979), Finance and Law
Law
(January 1980 - October 1981, December 1981-March 1982 and again from May 1982-March 1982-March 1986), Irrigation and law(1987), Revenue and Law(1987), Revenue and Law
Law
(June 1991 to March 1996), Revenue and Law(2001 to 2006). He has never lost an election to the Legislative Assembly.[citation needed] He lost the Chief Minister post of Kerala
Kerala
in 1979 when P. K. Vasudevan Nair resigned. Then C. H. Mohammed Koya
C. H. Mohammed Koya
became Chief Minister and after two months Mani withdrew his party's support on that government and Koya resigned. Now Mani got another chance to become the Chief Minister, but with the interference of Congress party the Assembly was dissolved in favour of all those who did not wish him to become the Chief Minister.[citation needed] Mani was not among the founders of Kerala
Kerala
Congress. In the faction ridden Kerala
Kerala
Congress, Mani is accused by political foes as having engineered many a split in the party.[citation needed] In his tenure as being a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), he is second only to K. R. Gowri Amma.[citation needed] In a public function organised at Ramapuram, Palai
Palai
on October 2009, M. M. Jacob, senior Congress leader and former Meghalaya Governor said that he advised Mani in 1965 to contest in the Congress party label and if it was done Mani would have become the Chief Minister very early. Again he said that now Mani is fully eligible for the post of Chief Minister.[citation needed] In 2009, Mani got the P. R. Francis award for the best social worker of Kerala. After presenting the award to Mani in a function organised at Thrissur, Congress leader Oommen Chandy
Oommen Chandy
invited him to Congress party. But Mani rejected.[citation needed] On 2 November 2009, P. C. George faction of the Kerala
Kerala
Congress decided to merge with Kerala
Kerala
Congress (M). This was a major breakthrough in the Kerala
Kerala
politics since George abused and criticised Mani for many years.[citation needed] On 30 April 2010, P. J. Joseph resigned his ministerial post and declared that his Kerala
Kerala
Congress is going to merge with Kerala Congress (M). Political analysts have estimated that this decision will help Kerala
Kerala
Congress to sweep almost all the assembly seats in Central Travancore region and will create a new diversion in Kerala politics.[1] On 13 May 2011, Mani recorded his 12th consecutive victory from his home constituency of Palai
Palai
by defeating the Left front candidate Mani C. Kappen by a lead of 5,500 votes.[citation needed] On 10 Nov 2015, Mani was pulled down from the position as Minister of Finance and Law
Law
Kerala
Kerala
state, as he was accused of being a part of bar bribery scam. He is the author of Fiscal Problems of Kerala-Causes and Remedial Measures, The People's Socialism and The Eighth Five Year Plan-An alternative approach.[2] He is the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST). Based on Kerala
Kerala
High court's comments on Mani's alleged involvement in Kerala
Kerala
BAR license scam and bribery case, he resigned from the post of Finance minister on 10 November 2015, after a lot of heated political debate. The resignation has come after a day long political turmoil in Kerala
Kerala
capital. References[edit]

^ Merger does not need UDF's consent: Mani ^ "(former) Minister for Revenue & Law". Kerala
Kerala
Niyamasabha. 

External links[edit]

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Oommen Chandy
Oommen Chandy
Cabinet (2011-2016)

Chief Minister

Oommen Chandy

Cabinet Ministers

Industry, Agriculture

P. K. Kunhalikutty

Finance, Law, Housing

K. M. Mani

Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Printing & Stationery

K. P. Mohanan

Labour & Rehabilitation

Shibu Baby John

Food and Civil Supplies, Registration, Consumer Protection

Anoop Jacob

Power

Aryadan Muhammed

Rural Development Planning, Culture, NORKA

K. C. Joseph

Education

P. K. Abdu Rabb

Home & Vigilance

Ramesh Chennithala

Revenue, Coir

Adoor Prakash

Transport

Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan

Water Resources

P. J. Joseph

Welfare of SC & BC, Tourism

A.P. Anil kumar

Fisheries, Ports, Excise

K. Babu

Cooperation, Pollution Control, Khadi & Village Industries

C. N. Balakrishnan

Public works

V. K. Ebrahimkunju

Welfare of Scheduled Tribes, Youth Affaris, Museums & Zoos

P. K. Jayalakshmi

Panchayat, Social Welfare

M. K. Muneer

Urban Affairs, Minorities Welfare

Manjalamkuzhi Ali

Health, Family Welfare, Devaswom

V. S. Sivakumar

Authority control

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