Kodikunnil Suresh has been sworn in as Minister of State for Labour and Employment.
Congressman and Lok Sabha member Suresh is the son of a farm worker who cut grass for a living in their native village in Kerala.
Suresh, whose home is in the outskirts of the capital city, began his political career when he was a student of Class 8 in the mid-seventies, through the Kerala Students Union (KSU), the student wing of the Congress party.
His name officially became Kodikunnil Suresh before he was asked to contest the reserved Lok Sabha constituency in Adoor as the Congress candidate in 1989. That was his first taste of contesting elections.
Since then, he has contested five more times from the same constituency, winning thrice.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, with the Adoor constituency scrapped due to delimitation, he contested the reserved constituency at nearby Mavelikera and won.
Image: India's new ministers of state, Shashi Tharoor (right) and Kodikunnil Suresh (left), greet each other before Indian cabinet minister Ashwani Kumar.