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The forever legislators: India’s longest-serving MLAs and MPs

Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy has represented Puthupally in the Assembly for 18,728 days, or 51 years and three months. He features in a list of iconic politicians such as M Karunanidhi, Somnath Chatterjee, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

(Clockwise) M Karunanidhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Somnath Chatterjee, and Oommen Chandy.

Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday became the longest-serving member of the Kerala Assembly. The Congress leader has represented Puthupally, his constituency in Kottayam district, for 18,728 days, or over 51 years and three months as an MLA. His Assembly tenure began in 1970 and since then has won 11 straight elections.

He broke the record of the late KM Mani, who headed the Kerala Congress (M). Mani represented the Pala constituency for five decades — from 1965 to 2016. He won 13 elections and is the longest-serving minister in the state’s history, having held the finance portfolio for 13 years. Though Mani won from Pala in 1965, he entered the Assembly two years later as the state was under President’s rule at the time. So, the two years are not considered while counting his Assembly tenure.

Here are some of India’s longest-serving legislators:

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First published on: 03-08-2022 at 05:40:02 pm
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