Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that a culture of simplicity and self-discipline is becoming alien to politics.
He was addressing a meeting here on Monday to felicitate Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA and former Speaker, by presenting him a special souvenir, ‘Thrissurinte Swantham Therambil’.
“In this age of ostentation, Mr. Ramakrishnan is a role model for politicians by his simplicity, self-restraint and dignified manner. I have observed him closely — in the Assembly and outside — and admired his qualities. No wonder the people of Thrissur have selected him as their representative for several years,” said Mr. Chandy.
He recalled Mr. Ramakrishnan’s contribution as a Speaker.
“While occupying the post for three years, over two terms, he played a major role in setting up a museum in the Assembly complex, and installed statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and B.R. Ambedkar there,” he said.
He spoke about his long association with Mr. Ramakrishnan. “He has completed 25 years as Thrissur MLA. His political career spans five decades. He was secretary of Thrissur DCC when I was president of the Kerala Students’ Union. I recall my visits to Thrissur four decades ago. There were two persons in Thrissur who used to extend us, KSU activists, active support: K. K. Balakrishnan and Therambil Ramakrishnan,” said Mr. Chandy.
KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said Mr. Ramakrishnan was one of the best Speakers the State ever had.
“Through his moderate, dispassionate ways, he proved how an ideal Speaker should be,” he said. P.C. Chacko, MP, said Mr. Ramakrishnan had placed a high value on Gandhian principles all through his career.
Mr. Ramakrishnan has represented Thrissur in the Assembly six times — as National Democratic Party (NDP) nominee in 1982 and as Indian National Congress candidate since 1991 and 2011.
He was district secretary of the undivided Congress (1967-69), member of the director board of the Nair Service Society (1975-84), chairman of NDP (198-86) and member of the All-India Congress Committee.