KERALA

Priority to road works: Mons

Staff Reporter

A busy day for the Kerala Congress (J) Minister-designate in home village

Kottayam: Mons Joseph, Minister-designate of the Kerala Congress (J), spend one of his busiest days on Saturday, joining the people of his village and constituency in their celebrations of his elevation to the Cabinet and visiting the media fraternity in the town, colleagues at the party office and some of the key personalities who have been supportive of him all through his more than two decades of political life.

Mr. Mons Joseph, who returned home from Kochi by the early hours of Saturday, commenced the day with a prayer at his parish church at Appanchira, joining the Holy Mass. Soon, he was in the midst of his friends, colleagues and well-wishers who thronged his house.

The oft-repeated stance taken by Mr. Mons Joseph during the interactions was that he would hold the position only till party chairman P.J. Joseph was exonerated in a sexual harassment case..

The party was confident of the chairman getting a clean chit and soon, he would come back as Minister for Public Works, he told presspersons.

Mr. Mons Joseph, 43, son of O. Joseph and Mariamma Joseph of Narimattathumyalil, Appanchira, will be the youngest member of the Achuthanandan Ministry.

He was one of the youngest members of the Assembly when first elected in 1996 in a triangular fight in the Kaduthuruthy constituency.

In 2001, he was defeated by the Kerala Congress (M) nominee Stephen George, but took sweet revenge during the last elections on Mr. George, who has since gone back to his teaching profession.

The party chairman has informed the Chief Minister about the selection of Mr. Mons Joseph.

PTI adds: Mr. Joseph said he would give priority to maintenance of roads in the State. He said the condition of the roads in the state was “very pathetic.” He said he was elected as per the decision taken by the high power committee of the party.

His predecessor T.U. Kuruvilla resigned from the Ministry last month in the wake of allegations of irregularities in a land deal involving his family.

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