K. V. Thomas is an Indian professor, trade unionist, writer, social worker, agriculturist, and politician.
Kuruppassery Varkey Thomas was born on Friday, 10 May 1946 (age 76 years; as of 2022) in Kumbalangi, Kochi, India. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He did his schooling at St. Peter’s Higher Secondary School, Kumbalangi, Ernakulam. He pursued a Master of Science in Chemistry at Sacred Heart College, Kochi.
Parents & Siblings
K. V. Thomas’ father’s name is Kuruppassery Devassey Varkey. His mother, Rosa Varkey, was a homemaker. His elder brother’s name is Joseph Kuruppassery.
Wife & Children
On 12 April 1970, K. V. Thomas got married to Sherly Thomas, a former teacher at Sacred Heart College, Kochi.
Together, they have two sons and a daughter. His elder son Biju Thomas is working as a Senior Director at Mashreq Bank, Dubai. His daughter’s name is Rekha Thomas. K. V. Thomas’ wife and daughter run a small distribution agency in consumer goods called Sherly’s. His younger son Joe Thomas serves as a doctor in the hospital Aster Medcity, Kerala.
K. V. Thomas follows Latin Christianity, which is also known as Roman Christianity. Thomas hails from the Kochi diocese of the Latin Community.
Prof. K.V. Thomas Road, Thoppumpady,
Kochi – 682 005, Kerala
17, B.R. Mehta Lane, K.G. Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001
As a Professor
He has 33 years of teaching experience at Sacred Heart College, Kochi in the Department of Chemistry. He retired as the Head of the Department of Chemistry.
His first book, Ente Kumbalangi (2004), was about his native village Kumbalangi.
A proficient writer, K. V. Thomas has published various books in the Malayalam language including:
- Ente Kumbalangiku Shesham
- Kumbalangi Touch
- Kumbalangi Flash
- Kumbalangi Varnamkal
- Ammayum Makanum
- Sonia Priyankari
- Ente Leader
- Order, Order, Order
- Villaku Marangal
- Kumbalaghi Kalidoscope
- For The Grains
In 1970, K. V. Thomas joined the Indian National Congress (INC). He is a member of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (Kerala PCC). From 1978 to 1987, he held the position of General Secretary of the Ernakulam District Congress Committee. From 1987 to 2001, he served as the president of the Ernakulam District Congress Committee. Since 1984, he is a member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). From 1992 to 1997, he was the Treasurer of Kerala PCC. In 2022, Thomas was expelled from the Kerala PCC for attending a seminar organised by CPM Party in Kannur despite INC’s disapproval. However, his membership in AICC remained intact.
As a Member of Parliament
1984 General Elections
In 1984, K. V. Thomas, on a ticket from the INC, contested from the Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency. He won the elections defeating A. A. Kochunny (a candidate of the Indian Congress (Socialist) party) by 70,324 votes. Thereafter, he was appointed as an AICC observer for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep. He was also a member of the Committee on Official Language and Library Committee. From 1984 to 1989, he served as a member of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation. From 1984 to 1996, he was a member of the Consultative Committee on the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Tourism, and Ministry of Defence.
1989 General Elections
In 1989, K. V. Thomas, on a ticket from the INC, contested from the Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency. He won the elections defeating independent candidate P. Subramnoian Poti by 36,465 votes. From 19 January 1990 to 7 August 1990, he was a member of the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament. In 1990, he became a member of the Consultative Committee on the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
1991 General Elections
In 1991, K. V. Thomas, on a ticket from the INC, contested from the Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency. He won the elections defeating V. Viswanatha Menon, a candidate of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)), by 47,144 votes.
2009 General Elections
In 2009, K. V. Thomas, on a ticket from the INC, contested from the Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency. He won the elections defeating the CPI(M) candidate Sindhu Joy by 11,790 votes. Between 27 May 2009 and 18 January 2011, he served as a Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. In January 2011, he assumed the position of Union Minister of State (independent charge) in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. He served as a member of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and the Cabinet Committee on Prices. Other positions held by him include:
- Member of Group of Ministers on Agreement on Trade in Goods under the Comprehensive Economic co-operation Agreement (CECA)
- Member of Group of Ministers (GOM) regarding review of the Fertilizer Policy
- Member of Group of Ministers to consider issues relating to World Trade Organisation
- Member of Core Group of Central Ministers and State Chief Ministers regarding prices of Essential Commodities
- Member of Empowered Group of Ministers to review the situation and take quick and timely decisions on policy issues as well as on other issues for effective management of drought and related issues
- Member of Empowered Group of Ministers to consider issues concerning procurement Management of food grain stocks, revision of Central issue prices of food grains and the proposed law on Food Security
2014 General Elections
In 2014, K. V. Thomas, on a ticket from the INC, contested from the Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency. He won the elections defeating the independent candidate Christy Fernandez by 87,047 votes.
He served as:
- Member of Panel of Chairpersons in Lok Sabha from 9 June 2014 to 12 December 2014
- Member of the House Committee from 12 June 2014 to 22 August 2014
- Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) from 14 August 2014 to 30 April 2017
- Member of Standing Committee on Urban Development
- Member of Consultative Committee on Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
- Member of Committee on Scrutiny of Budget Estimate of Lok Sabha
- Member of General Purposes Committee
- Member of Joint Committee on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015
- Member of House Committee
2019 General Elections
In 2019, INC denied the party ticket to K. V. Thomas to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and fielded Hibi Eden from the Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency; Hibi Eden won the elections defeating CPI(M) candidate P. Rajeev.
As a Member of the Legislative Assembly (Kerala)
2001 Kerala Legislative Assembly Elections
In 2001, K. V. Thomas, on a ticket from the INC, contested from the Ernakulam Assembly constituency. He won the elections defeating the independent candidate Sebastian Paul by 11844 votes. As an MLA, he served as the Minister of Tourism, Excise Minister, and Minister for Fisheries (2001-2004).
2006 Kerala Legislative Assembly Elections
In 2006, K. V. Thomas, on a ticket from the INC, contested from the Ernakulam Assembly constituency. He won the elections defeating CPI(M) candidate M M Lowranace by 5800 votes. Thomas resigned from this post when he was elected as an MP in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
Other Positions Held
- Chairman, Indira Gandhi Co-operative Hospital, Kochi, (1994-1996)
- President, 7th Ward Committee, Kumbalanghi (1970 -1975)
- Managing Trustee of Prof. K.V. Thomas Vidyadhanam Trust
- Organising Secretary, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Kerala (1978 – 1984)
- General Secretary, INTUC, Kerala, (1984-1993)
- Director of Cochin International Airport
- Director of Marine Products Export Development Authority
- Member of Courts Jawaharlal Nehru University & Pondicherry University (1987-2001)
- Managing Director of JaiHind TV
- Chief Executive Officer of Veekshanam
Surya TV forgery case
In 2002, a letter was faxed to Chief Minister A. K. Antony’s office stating that K. V. Thomas, who was then serving as Tourism and Fisheries Minister in Antony’s government, was involved in the 336 crore Hawala transaction. The following day, the State Government declared that it was a forged document. The letter was flashed was on the channel Surya TV by a reporter named Anil Nambiar, who later surrendered to the police after a month in hibernation. In his testimony, Anil Nambiar confessed that it was Congress MLA Sobhana George who had given him the document. Thereafter, a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of Sobhana George. It was later held that Sobhana was a victim of groupism among the Congress Party. In the end, the court ruled out this case as a purely fabricated case against Sobhana.
In 2003, a PIL was filed against K. V. Thomas in the High Court of Kerala by a member of the rival faction for various allegations including that Thomas had undervalued his property at Kallancherry in near Kumbalangi island, the toll at the bridge at Thoppumpady in Kochi was collected by an unnamed company of Thomas, and that he had bought three sophisticated fishing boats in the name of his wife. Thereafter, K V Thomas submitted a counter-affidavit in the court claiming that charges levelled against him in the disproportionate assets case were fictitious and imaginary and were surfaced in the media to achieve political gains.
Disciplinary Action by Congress
In April 2022, AICC cracked the whip against Thomas and issued him a show-cause notice for going against the party line. Thomas faced expulsion threats from INC for attending a seminar organised by CPM Party in Kannur despite INC’s disapproval. Thomas had insisted on participating in the Centre-State relations seminar citing that it was a national issue. Thereafter, the Congress leadership expelled Thomas from the Kerala PCC but maintained his membership in the AICC.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Awarded Best Tourism Minister by Pacific Asia Travel Writer’s Association (PATWA) (2003)
- Recognised as Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation Inter Religious and International Federation for World Peace (2005)
Asset & Properties
- Cash: Rs 1,25,000
- Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Companies: Rs 41,51,959
- Motor Vehicles: Rs 9,13,251
- Jewellery: Rs 1,00,000
- Other assets, such as values of claims/interests: Rs 2,19,577
- Non-Agricultural Land: Rs 17,98,059
- Residential Buildings: Rs 87,52,639
As of 2019, his net worth is Rs 1,40,72,754.
- In his leisure time, he likes to go fishing, listen to music, read books, write, and garden. He also likes to play chess and badminton.
- He owns a Honda City.
- Thomas had represented the Ernakulam LS constituency five times and the assembly constituency twice when he was denied a party ticket to contest the seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In 2022, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that leaders belonging to minority communities, including K V Thomas, were being neglected and sidelined in the Congress party. Balakrishnan cited Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Jaipur that called for the establishment of a rule of Hindus in the country after ousting the Hindutva government at the Centre.
- After Thomas was removed from Kerala PCC in 2022, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan offered political asylum to him in the case Congress expelled him. Thomas rejected the offer saying,
Party positions are like tables and chairs. If that is taken away and I am given a stool, I have no problem with that. I will continue to remain a Congressman.”
- An avid dog lover, he has a pug named Archie.
- He is also referred to as Prof. Thomas, Thomas Mash, and KVT.