The Congress president Sonia Gandhi on 29 September 2013 unveiled the statue of R Sankar, the first Congress Chief Minister of Kerala. The statue was installed at Palayam (near War Memorial) in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. R Sankar was the third Chief Minister of the state.
The bronze statue was installed by the R Sankar Foundation of Kerala. R Sankar Foundation president R Sarathchandra Prasad explained that the statue was taken to Thiruvananthapuram in a procession from the premises of Gokarna temple at Kudroli in Karnataka. It is important to note that 26 September 2013, marked 51 years of Sankar becoming the Chief Minister of Kerala.
Apart from unveiling of the statue, other activities such as organisation of a seminar on R Sankar and Kerala politics at the Symphony Hall and a photo exhibition was also organised at the Press Club on 28 September 2013. The exhibition showcased memorable moments of the life of R Sankar.