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Kerala: KM Mani to be honoured by the British House of Commons

Express News Service
Aug 26, 2012 at 07:52am IST

Veteran Kerala Congress leader and State Finance Minister K M Mani is all set to create history by entering the British House of Commons as a special invitee.

 The strongman from Pala, who has an unmatched record in the country of registering 10 victories successively from the same Assembly segment, is notching the honour while he is nearing half-a-century of uninterrupted presence in the Kerala Legislature.  He will be honoured by the august House, which is viewed as the Mother of all Parliaments, on September 6. He has been invited to deliver an address in the House on his famed `Working Class Ideology’ (Adhvana Varga Sidhantam). The lecture will be heard by British Cabinet ministers, Lords, MPs, eminent professors of Cambridge and Oxford Universities and London School of Economics, apart from media personalities.

The session will be presided over by the chairman of the All-party Parliamentary Group.  Mani is giving finishing touches to the English translation of his ‘Adhvana Varga Sidhantam’. The title was brought out in 2003, in Malayalam , giving a new dimension to the theory of working class. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released the book then.

 Out of his 47 years as a legislator, Mani was minister for 20 years and thus regarded as an evergreen presence in the portals of the Assembly. He had also set a record of presenting 10 budgets as Finance Minister. He is also one who has held the portfolio of Law for the longest collective period in the state. He has 11 titles to his credit. 

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