P. C. Vishnunath
P. C. Vishnunath
Former DB College Student, Chengannur MLA
Son of Shri. P Chellappan Pillai and Smt Leela C Pillai, born at Mavady, Puthoor on 30th March 1978 and bought up in Sasthamcotta. Entered Politics through KSU as Unit Secretary, Devaswom Board College, Sasthamcotta in 1993. And Elected as Arts club secretary (DB College, 1997), University Union Councillor (DB College, 1998). Elected to Kerala University Senate in 2001 and 2002. He was the former State President, KSU in 2002 and 2006. Honoured with the best student Leader in India Award in 2005. He became KSU president while he was pursuing his Law graduation from Trivandrum Law College. During his student life, Vishnunadh became ardent fan of movies and watched almost all movies. This chiseled his taste. He became selective about his choice of movies and enjoyed national and international movies at film festivals. While he was active in KSU he fell victim to lathi-charges by the police and went to jail several times for students’ causes.
He was one of the 78 members who were selected from all over India by the Congress party to participate in the Dandi March which was held in 2005 to celebrate the 75th year of the same. When he first contested in an assembly election, he was still the KSU president, being the youngest legislative member he was named ‘Baby MLA’. While he was MLA he also became National General Secretary of Indian Youth Congress and Election In-Charge of Youth Congress under the leadership of Mr. Rahul Gandhi and took charge of five states of South India (Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Pondichery, Andaman and Lakshadweep) where he established his ability, honesty and sincerity. Later, he resigned the post to contest in Youth Congress Organisational Election in Kerala and got the privilege to become the first elected president through an elaborate and unique process.
After he became Youth Congress President, he fought against the LDF Government’s action of back-door appointments. He led a major secretariat march within the first month of taking charge of the post and fell victim to lathi-charge and was hospitalised.
P. C. Vishnunadh’s performance in the assembly was noted by the public and the media. He raised several important issues like educational, environmental, youth related topics which got due recognition.
Vishnunadh resides in Chengannur, on the banks of the river Pamba, which is his constituency along with his poet, writer, and columnist wife Kanaka H. M.