MI Shanavas, one of the three newly-appointed working presidents of the Congress in Kerala and it’s Lok Sabha MP from the Wayanad constituency, passed away at a private hospital in Chennai in the early hours of Wednesday following liver complications. He was 67. Shanavas was recouping after a liver transplant surgery which was held on November 2. He was suffering from Kidney failure also. The funeral will be held in Kochi tomorrow.
The two-time MP, Shanavas had begun his politics through the Kerala Students Union (KSU), the student outfit of the party in the state. During his KSU days, he held the post of the chairman of the Calicut university student body. He went on to become the vice-president of the Youth congress, joint secretary of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and later it’s vice president as well.
In 1982 he became the KPCC Secretary as a protege of Karunakaran. He was a successful mediator and was one of the main voices for the Thiruthalvadi movement in the Congrs’s party along with Ramesh Chennithala and G Karthikeyan. He came back to I group after Ramesh Chennithala became the party state president. He was a party office bearer for last three and half decades, except during VM Sudheeran’s tenure.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the demise stating that Shanavas had played a prominent role in the Congress party in Kerala. In his condolence message, he also consoled the bereaved family.
KPCC president Mullapally Ramachandran, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, PK Kunhalikutty , KC Venugopal and former chief minister Oomen Chandy also conveyed their condolences. In Shanavas’s passing away, the Congress in Kerala loses one of its trusted and prominent Muslim leaders.