Senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament from Wayanad MI Shanavas passed away on Wednesday in a Chennai hospital. Shanavas was having health issues after he had a lung transplant operation in a specialty hospital in Chennai. He passed away around 1:30am in the afternoon.
On Wednesday, his mortal remains were brought to Kochi. The last rites will be performed on Thursday at 10 am at Thottathum Padi Juma Masjid in Kochi.
Shanavas was 67 years old and was the president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). He was born on September 22, 1951, in Kottayam to Advocate Ibrahimkutty and Noorjahan Begum.
Shanavas completed his LLB from a Law College in Ernakulam and his Master’s degree in English Literature from Farook College in Kozhikode. His political journey started as a student activist of the Kerala Students Union (KSU), student union of the Congress party in Kerala.
Shanavas was the Student’s Union Chairman at Calicut University in the year 1972-73. In the year 1978, he became the Vice President of the Youth Congress. In 1983, he was elected as the KPCC Joint Secretary and in the year 1985, he became the Vice President of KPCC.
Though Shanavas did not win in the Assembly elections held in 1987,1991 and 1996 and the Lok Sabha elections held in 1999 and 2004. But in 2009 Lok Sabha elections he won by a huge margin of 1,53,439 votes, he was the candidate who won by the most number of votes at that time.
In 2010, he suffered from health issues and was not an active participator in politics for a brief period of time. In year 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he won by 20,870 votes again.
Shanavas suffered from Cancer two years ago and it got relapsed. He was admitted to a hospital in Chennai in November and his health condition started getting worse from Nov 5.