Birth Name : Arackaparambil Kurien Antony
Date of birth : 28/12/1940
Place of birth : Cherthala, Travancore, British India
Category : Politicians
1997: Chief Minister of Kerala
1995: Chief Minister of Kerala
2001: Chief Minister of Kerala
1993: Minster of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
2006: Defence Minister Union Governement
2007- Asianet Malayali of the year Award
A. K. Antony entered into politics as a student leader in 'Cherthala Taluk' as an activist of Kerala Students Union under the guidance of M. A. John. He served in the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee before becoming an All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary in 1984. When he became KPCC president in 1972 he was the youngest person to hold that post. He was elected again as KPCC president in 1987, and was defeated by Vayalar Ravi in the KPCC presidential elections in 1991.
Congress(A) was a political party founded by 'Antony' when he split from the 'Indian National Congress' a splinter group of the Indian National Congress. The party was primarily active in Kerala and joined the LDF ministry headed by E. K. Nayanar during 1980-1982. After the fall of the Nayanar ministry, this party merged with the Congress in 1982, but Antony was not given any office until the death of Indira Gandhi. The members of the party have continued as a faction in the local congress afterwards.
K. Karunakaran resigned on accusations in the Rajan caseand, Antony was made the 8th Chief Minister of Kerala. Antony thus became the youngest Chief Minister of the state at the age of 37 serving from years 27 April 1977 to 27 October 1978. when K. Karunakaran resigned in connection with the ISRO case Antony was made the 16th Chief Minister of Kerala serving from years 22 March 1995 to 9 May 1996. He was the Leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during 1996 to 2001. Antony was elected and served the third term from 17 May 2001 to 29 August 2004.
He also took some initiatives in the field of Higher Education, Science & Technology, Bio-Technology, Information Technology and other related areas. He introduced the Unemployment Allowance, Festival Allowance for the State Employees, Prohibition of arrack and the steps initiated to revive the economy of Kerala.
A.K Antony is the former Chief Minister of Kerala, the first term being from April 27th, 1977 to October 27th, 1978, the second one being from March 22nd, 1995 to May 9th, 1996 and the third term from May17th, 2001 to August 29th, 2004. During his first term of office, he made a record of being the youngest Chief Minister of Kerala. After Antony's second term of office as CM, he became the Leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during the period of 1996 to 2001 after which he again resumed the position of Chief Minister. Due to some political fights and problems, A.K Antony was forced to resign from his position in 2004.