Shri Vakkom B. Purushothaman, veteran Congress
leader and Advocate, was born at Vakkom on April 12,
1928 as the son of Shri Bhanu Panicker and Smt.
Beginning his political life as an active worker of
students Congress in 1946, he became a member of
Vakkom Panchayat in 1953. Later, he served as
President, DCC, Thiruvananthapuram, General
Secretary, KPCC and Vice – President, KPCC. He has
been a member of AICC for over 25 years.
Shri Vakkom Purushothaman became elected to the
Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1970, 1977, 1980 and
1982 from Attingal Constituency. Holding the
portfolio of Agriculture and Labour from 25-9-1971
to 25-3-1977 in the Ministry headed by Shri. C.
Achutha Menon, Shri Vakkom Purushothaman was also
the Minister for Health and Tourism from 25.1.1980
to 16.10.1981 in the Nayanar Ministry.
Shri Vakkom adorned the Chair of Speaker of the
Assembly from 24.6.1982 to 28.12.1984.
Subsequently he served as a member of the Lok-Sabha
during 1984-89 and 1989 – 91 .
He had served also as Chairman, Committee on Public
Undertakings and Committee on Subordinate
Legislation of Parliament besides being the Chairman
of the Consultative Committee of Experts to the CIDP
of Inter Parliamentary Union, Geneva for five years.
Shri Purushothaman has had a remarkable stint also
as the Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
for three years from March 1993. He was the leader
of the Indian delegation to the Global Conference on
the Sustainable Development of Small Island
Developing States held at Barbados in 1996.
In 2001, he was again elected to the 11th KLA from
Attingal constituency, and served as Speaker for the
Second time from 6.6.2001 to 4.9.2004. He has been
holding the portfolio of Finance and Excise, since
5.9.2004, in the Ministry headed by Shri. Oommen
Shri. Vakkom Purushothaman has also had the charge
of Chief Minister in the absence of Shri. Oommen
Chandy in connection with the meeting of World
Economic Forum at Davos in January 2006, and for
sometime therafter, and has acted as Leader of the
House during the 14th Session of
the XI KLA during February, 2006.
Dr. Lilly Purushothaman is his wife, and they have
two sons and one daughter.
Took over as Governor
of Mizoram from 2nd September 2011