P. C. Chacko
P. C. Chacko
|Kerala State President of Nationalist Congress Party|
|Assumed office |
May 20, 2021
|Succeeded by||T. P. Peethambaran|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||C. K. Chandrappan|
|Succeeded by||C. N. Jayadevan|
|Born||29 September 1946|
Kanjirappally, Kingdom of Travancore, British India
(present day Kottayam, Kerala, India)
|Political party||Nationalist Congress Party|
|Indian National Congress (Till 2021)|
P. C. Chacko (born 29 September 1946) is a former Member of Parliament from Thrissur Lok Sabha seat in Kerala. He is a former member of the Indian National Congress. Chacko resigned from Indian National Congress on 10 March 2021, stating that it had become difficult to be a congress leader in Kerala. P.C. Chacko is the first president of Thiruvananthapuram District committee of Kerala Students Union. He was the State president of Indian youth Congress from 1970 to 1973 and held the post of national General secretary of Indian youth Congress during 1973 - 1975. He became the general secretary of KPCC[clarification needed] in 1975 and continued till 1979. He was elected to the Kerala Assembly in 1980 from Piravom constituency and during 1980- 81 he served as Minister for Industries in the state cabinet. He was elected to Loksabha in 1991 from Thrissur, in 1996 from Mukundapuram, in 1998 from Idukki and in 2009 again from Thrissur. On 2021 March 16 he joined Nationalist Congress Party, which is an ally of LDF in Kerala. He was appointed President of the Kerala State Unit of Nationalist Congress Party by the National President Sri. Sharad Pawar on 19 May 2021.
Chacko graduated from Mar Ivanios College and University College, Kerala University. He entered politics through the Kerala Students Union and held positions including the Indian Youth Congress state president. In 1980, he was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly from the Piravam constituency and became Minister for Industries in the E. K. Nayanar government. He was chairman of the joint parliamentary committee to probe the alleged scam in the grant of 2G spectrum and telecom licenses from 1998 to 2009, and was the official spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee.
The Bharatiya Janata Party accused Chacko of altering the joint parliamentary committee report on 2G case and the Congress government steamrolling the report for covering corruption. BJP also expressed similar disappointment over Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's denial of permission to BJP leaders to protest against the report.
In the Lok Sabha general elections of 2014, Chacko sought to be elected from the Chalakudy constituency under the Indian National Congress ticket. However, he was defeated by cine artist Innocent.
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- 1946 births
- Living people
- People from Kottayam district
- Politicians from Thrissur
- India MPs 1998–1999
- Indian National Congress politicians from Kerala
- Kerala MLAs 1980–1982
- India MPs 2009–2014
- India MPs 1996–1997
- 2G spectrum case
- 10th Lok Sabha
- People from Idukki district
- Indian National Congress (U) politicians
- Nationalist Congress Party politicians from Kerala