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      R. Balakrishna Pillai (born 8 March 1935) is a former Minister of Kerala, India, who has held portfolios like Transport, Electricity. Member of Legislative Assembly from Kottarakara Constituency in Kollam district for decades. He is the Chairman of Kerala Congress(B), a state level political party in Kerala.

Early Life

He was born to Keezhoottu Raman Pillai of Valakom and Karthiyaniamma in 1935. He was the youngest child and the only son of this couple He is married to Valsala,daughter of Attara Parameswaran PIllai and sister of novelist P R Shyamala. They have two daughters, Usha and Bindu and a son, K. B. Ganesh Kumar. Usha is married to K Mohandas, a senior IAS Officer who is Secretary to the Government of India. Bindu is married to T Balakrishnan, IAS, who is Principal Secretary (Industries) with the Government of Kerala. Ganesh Kumar is a Malayalam film actor and the sitting MLA of Pathanapuram and has been Transport Minister.

Political Career

He was elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1960 from the Pathanapuram Assembly Constituency of Kollam district, as a candidate of the Indian National Congress, at the age of 25 and holds the record for becoming the youngest MLA. In 1964, fifteen MLAs led by K M George and Balakrishna Pillai left the Congress and formed a regional Party called the Kerala Congress. Pillai won the elections from his home constituency Kottarakara in 1965 but was defeated in the next two elections of 1967 and 1970. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1971 General Election from Mavelikara Constituency defeating S. Ramachandran Pillai of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) and served as the Member of Parliament (MP) till 1977. He returned to State Politics in 1977 and won the all the General Elections there after representing Kottarakara in 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1996, and 2001, but was defeated in the 2006 election. His victory margin of 37000 votes in 1980 remained a record for the State Assembly polls for more than a quarter century. He is one of the Founder Members of United Democratic Front (UDF). He was minister for several years starting from 1975 in different Ministries headed by C. Achutha Menon, K. Karunakaran, E. K. Nayanar, and A. K. Antony.

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