Congress MP MI Shanavas Passes at the age of 67

Working president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee MI Shanavas passed away at a private hospital at 1:30 am in Chennai. An official at Dr Rela Medical and Research Centre in Chromepet, Chennai Said, Shanavas had undergone a liver transplant on November 2 following which he suffered an infection. It turned his condition critical. He had survived cancer two years ago but suffered a relapse. After 3 days of transplant, his condition started getting worse. For several days, he was in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Shanavas was born to Advocate Ibrahimkutty and Noorjahan Begum on September 22, 1951, in Kottayam. He did masters in English literature and LLb. He began his political journey as a student activist of the Kerala Students Union (KSU), the student union of the Congress Party in Kerala. During the period of 1972-73, Shanavas was the Student’s Union Chairman at Calicut University and in 1978, he became the Vice President of the Youth Congress. He was elected as the KPCC Joint Secretary in 1983 and in 1985, he became the vice president of the KPCC.

He lost elections in 1987, 1991, 1996 and during the Lok Sabha elections in 1999 and 2004. He won the 2009 Lok Sabha elections by a huge margin of 1,53,439 also emerging as the candidate who won the highest number of votes.In 2010, he had stayed away from active politics for a brief period of time due to ill health. During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he again won by a margin of 20,870 votes.

With his death, the Congress in Kerala loses one of its trusted and prominent Muslim leaders. His mortal remains will be brought to Kochi on Wednesday. The last rites are expected to be held at 10 am on Thursday at the Thottathum Padi Juma Masjid in Kochi.

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