Hearty Congrats to Mr. Oomman Chandy The new CM of Kerala
- 31st August 2004 will be a memorable day for all Keralites especially
the Orthodox Christian Community of Kerala.There is no doubt that
Mr. Oomman Chandy is the most deserving and capable personality of
Kerala Politics available now to become the Chief Minister of
the problematic state.
He will be sworn in as our new CM at 12:00 noon on Tuesday,31st
His activities in the 12 hrs immediately after his election as the
new CM designate will help us to understand the "spiritual"
personality of this simple man of unimpechable integrity. Inspite of
the very busy schedule with regard to ministry making and related
affairs in the capital, on Monday night at about 22:00 hrs he has
started by road to reach his home (160 KM)in Puthuppally (Kottayam)
after midnight and specifically sought the blessings of his 84 year
old beloved mother.
At around 02:00 AM he prayed at Puthuppally Valiapally(intercession
of St. George) and proceeded to Manarcad Church (intercession of St.
At around 03:00 AM he reached Pampady Dayara to pray at
the "Kabharidam" of St. Kuriakose Mar Gregoriose (Pampady
Thirumeni). Mr. Oomman Chandy is known to be an ardent divotee of
Pampady Thirumeni and before getting in to any new endeavoures or
crisis in his life he always made it a point to reach the Dayara in
person to seek Thirumeni's intercession.
If I remember correctly, Mr. Chandy's marriage was also consecrated
at Pampady Dayara and at the reception the menu was restricted to
one glass of fresh lime juice. In the night itself he has travelled
back again another 5 hrs to reach Trivandrum in the morning for
the swearing in ceremony.
To my mind the above actions of our "would be CM" speaks volumes
about the spiritual side of his personality. An ordinary believer
would have mostly postponed all the above actions for a day after
the swearing in.
Mr. Oomman Chandy is loved by all the people of Kerala irrespective
of caste or creed for his simplicity, sincerity, caringness and easy
As a church we have a greater responsibility to ensure that the term
of the 1st Orthodox Chief Minister of Kerala will be remembered as a
golden era. If the leaders of both the factions are sincere, we can
easily reach unity in the church during the next two years.
I am sure we can be proud of this great son of Kerala and let us
pray for his success in all his new endeavours.
George Abraham, Abu Dhabi
Malayala Manorama - 30th AUG 21:48 hrs IST
Oommen Chandy to be next Kerala Chief Minister
Thiruvananthapuram: Oommen Chandy was on Monday night elected
Congress Legislature Party Leader in Kerala.
The election of Chandy as the CLP leader was announced by senior
Congress leader and Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee after the CLP
He succeeds A.K. Antony who resigned as Chief Minister on Sunday.
Chandy will meet state governor R.L. Bhatia on Tuesday morning and
is to be sworn in later in the day, CLP sources said.
The smooth election was made possible after the Congress High
Command representatives held one-on-one discussions with party MLAs
and leaders of the coalition partners this afternoon.
Though Speaker Vakkom Purushothaman was also in the contention, he
changed his mind at the last moment paving the way for the unanimous
election of Chandy.
He would be the third Congress chief minister in the post-emergency
era in Kerala after Antony and veteran leader K. Karunakaran who
together held the post for seven times.
Senior Congress leader and Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and
AICC general secretaries Margaret Alva and Ahamed Patel held several
rounds of discussions with senior leaders to pave the way for the