Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Congress workers took out processions in various parts of Vadakara constituency on Wednesday to celebrate the elevation of Mullappally Ramachandran as Union Minister of State.

Congress workers distributed sweets and burst crackers at Mr. Ramachandran’s native town of Chombala. Only Mr. Ramachandran’s mother and relatives were at his home in Chombala as his wife and daughter are in Delhi to witness his swearing-in as Minister on Thursday.

Mr. Ramachandran was Minister of State for Agriculture in the Union Ministry earlier.

All India Congress Committee member and president of the Malabar Chamber of Commerce P.V. Gangadharan congratulated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi for including six members from Kerala in the Union Ministry. He said the Malabar had got recognition as Mr. Ramachandran and E. Ahamed were made ministers.

He expressed the hope that the backwardness of Malabar could be solved through the inclusion of six Ministers from Kerala.