Kerala MP to raise problems faced by NRKs in parliament

ABU DHABI – The newly-elected member of parliament from Kerala, Pannyan Ravindran, has promised to take up the problems of non-resident Keralites in the parliament, along with other MPs from the state.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Sun 18 Dec 2005, 10:02 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:24 PM

Speaking at a function organised by the 'Yuva Kalasahithi' at Ahaliya restaurant in Abu Dhabi last week during his short visit to the UAE, the Communist Party of India (CPI) member elected from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in the November 19 by-poll, said his efforts will be directed at making the voice of Kerala heard in the highest seat of Indian democracy.

"Taking the oath in Malayalam was the first step in that direction," said Pannyan, who thanked the Gulf Malayalees for their contribution in his election victory.

The down-to earth first-time MP who willingly gave his mobile number to all and sundry, remarked that he will be available anytime on the number 98681-80691.

"You can call me anytime and I will be more than happy to do whatever I can," he said, addressing the audience at functions held at the Kerala Social Centre (KSC) and Malayalee Samajam.

Noted writer-thinker Sukumar Azhikkodu who was the chief guest at the meeting at KSC, said the life and soul of Kerala was alive among the expatriate Malayalees in the Gulf.

He was speaking on the subject 'Kerala and experiences of half a century" during the function commemorating the golden jubilee of the formation of the state of Kerala.

Lamenting the deteriorating political values in India, Azhikkodu said the victory of Pannnyan was symbolic of the flicker of hope in Indian politics.

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