Kerala Legislative Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan passed away on 7 March 2015 in Bangalore, Karnataka following a prolonged illness. He was 66.
Karthikeyan was elected as the Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly in 2011, after Congress party returned to power.
Karthikeyan was a member of Indian National Congress party in Kerala. He had started his political career through Kerala Students Union (KSU), the student outfit of Congress. Later, he was appointed state president of KSU and Youth Congress.
• Karthikeyan was elected to Kerala state assembly for 6 times, once in 1982 from Trivandrum North constituency and then in 1991, 1996 2001, 2006 from Aryanadand constituency and in 2011 from Aruvikkara constituency.
• In 1995, he had served as Power Minister of state in the AK Antony led Congress government. In 2001, he also had served as Minister for Food and Civil Supplies in the Congress government.
• He was also the vice-president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee.
• Karthikeyan was born on 20 January 1949 in Varkala, a coastal town in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala.