Shri.A.K.Antony hails from Cherthala, in Alapuzha District and was born on Dec 28 1940 as the Son of Arackaparambil Kurien Pillai and Elikutty.He had his Primary and High School education at Chethala and for B.A. Degree course he studied at Maharajas College Ernakulam.He completed his Degree of law B.L from Mahatma Gandhi University.His father died in the year 1959 and and so afterwards he was so much attached to the love and care of his mother.
A.K.Antony entered Politics as an active member of the Kerala Students Union(K.S.U.) which is the student's wing of the Indian National Congress.He was leader of many strikes like 'Oru Ana Samaram' which was against the hike of Boat charges and similar activities earned name and fame for him so that he became the KSU President very easily.Since he was an energetic leader who was able to lead the members staunchly he rose to the position as Youth Congress President and in 1972 he became the K.P.C.C. President.A.K.Antony was the youngest K.P.C.C. President in the history of Kerala.Again in 1987 also he became K.P.C.C. President.
When Shri.K Karunakaran resigned due to the Rajan Case A.K.Antony was made the 8th Chief minister of Kerala and he served the Office from April 27 1977 to October 27 1978.He was the youngest Chief Minister of Kerala at the age of 37 which is another record which is not yet broken.He was always an idealistic personality and loved to lead a simple life.As he was young, A.K.Antony was ready to go to the Office on a bicycle and did not want an Official vehicle also.What he wanted to insist and spread was the idea to cut down the lavish expenses of the Government departments.Due to security reasons he was not allowed to go to Office on bicycle.More over he insisted that instead of putting the garlands made of flowers for the leaders use cotton hand-loom towels so that it can be distributed among poor and needy people.That practice is still followed by many political workers.
A.K. Antony is well known for his idealistic actions and deeds.He is unselfish and never tried to cling on to positions or tried to catch up positions also.He is a true Gandhian and a very honest Politician.In his work and duties he used to be very strident but he was always against corruption.When A.K.Antony was made the Chief minister of Kerala for the second time from 1995 March 22 to 1996 May 9 and when he was made the Cabinet Minister of Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and public Distribution in 1994 he resigned because of his ethics and idealistic reasons and not because of his faults.
He was the leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during the term 1996 to 2001.He was member of the Rajya Sabha from 1985 to 1995.
In 2005 again A.K.Antony became Rajya Sabha Member and he was nominated as the Indian Defense Minister in the Union Council of Cabinet Ministers.When the Congress party won the elections of 2009 and formed Government under the Prime Minister Shri.Manmohan Singh, he retained his position as the Defense minister for the second term.
A.K.Antony married Elizabeth Antony and they have two children, Anil Kurien Antony and Ajith Paul
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