New Delhi: K C Venugopal, a first time Lok
Sabha MP from Kerala, is the only brand new minister to join
the Manmohan ministry and another young face in the Union
Making a ministerial debut at the Centre , the
47-year-old MP from Alapuzha has got "power" quickly
getting the Minister of State slot in the Power ministry.
Beni Prasad Verma and Ashwani Kumar, the new ministers
in UPA after today`s minior expansion and reshuffle who were
sworn in along with Venugopal, have been Union ministers
An avid sports fan and a university-level volleyball
player, Venugopal comes in following the exit of Shashi
Tharoor from the ministry following the IPL controversy.
The induction of Venugopal, a post graduate in
Mathematics, is seen as a move to woo the influential Nair
community ahead of the Assembly elections in Kerala due in
May. The Nair community, to which Venugopal belongs, has been
demanding his induction in the Ministry.
Interestingly, Venugopal who hails from Kannur district
in northern Kerala has won the Lok Sabha elections from a
district in southern part of the state.
With Venugopal becoming a minister, Alapuzha district
now has three ministers in the Centre, the other two being
Defence Minister A K Antony and Overseas Affairs Minister
He is a three-time MLA and former minister, who resigned
from the post of MLA to contest the Lok Sabha elections in
2009 and won the elections with a huge margin. He was a
minister looking after temple affairs and tourism in the state
for two years.
Initiated into politics in his student days, he rose to
become the president of the Kerala unit of the NSUI and later
the chief of Youth Congress.
The hurly-burly of politics did not take away
Venugopal`s love for sports and even during his stint in
student politics, he was selected in the University team.