Minister of State for Labour Suresh almost lost his poll

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 28, 2012 11:00 hrs

New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) Leaving behind a caste certificate row which almost cost him his parliamentary seat, Kerala MP Kodikunil Suresh joined the union ministry as minister of state for labour and employment Sunday.

A Lok Sabha member from Mavelikkara, Suresh was involved in a controversy over an alleged fake caste certificate, and was disqualified as MP by the Kerala High Court. The decision was, however, later reversed by the Supreme Court.

Mavelikkara is a constituency reserved for the Scheduled Castes. Suresh won the seat after submitting a caste certificate which showed him to be a Cheramar Hindu, a Dalit community.

He was accused of producing a fake caste certificate by Communist Party of India's A.S. Anil Kumar, whom he had defeated.

The CPI leader, in an election petition, claimed Suresh was a Cheramar Christian, and was not entitled to the benefit of being a Scheduled Caste member.

His seat was, however, saved as the apex court reversed the Kerala High Court order.

A five-time Lok Sabha member, he is also secretary in the All India Congress Committee.

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