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K.P. Dhanapalan is a Member of Parliament from the state of Kerala. He represents the Chalakudy Lokh Sabha Constituency in the state. He is also an active member of Indian National Congress (INC), a grand old party of the country. As a social worker, he has actively taken part in social welfare activities near his place of residence. Before becoming the Member of Lokh Sabha, he was the district Congress Committee President for Ernakulam. Due to some political adjustments in INC, he has filed his nomination as a candidate for an election to Lokh Sabha in Trichur Constituency.
Early Life and Education
K.P. Dhanapalan was born on April 4, 1950 in a small village hamlet called North Paravoor in the Ernakulam district of central Kerala. His father's name was Pankajakshan K.K. and mother's name was Madhavi P.M. When he was 3 years old, he was admitted to a local school to start his academic career. He completed his formal education in that school itself. Later, he was enrolled in a reputed government school near his birthplace to continue his secondary and higher secondary education. As a young student, he was more focused on his studies and took interest in what was being taught in the class. So, he was more studious during his secondary school years. Once he reached the higher secondary school level, he started to form independent opinions about various things that happen around him. During this period, he was attracted towards the ideology propagated by the Congress party through its Students' wing Kerala Students Union (KSU). He used to be a silent spectator in the meetings organized by the local student leaders and got impressed by the topics that were discussed there. During those meetings, mainly the topics relating to the students were discussed. He was moved by the versions of information the student leaders tried to propagate through those meetings. As a result of this, he became a member of the student wing of Indian National Congress. Despite his participation in the student politics, he found time to do his studies. The topics taught in the missing classes were covered by him with the help of his classmates. Hence, he could do well in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate exams and get reasonable marks and grades.
Emboldened by his success in the SSLC examination, the young Dhanapalan decided to pursue his studies further and joined a local junior college for a pre-degree course. At the pre-degree course level, he took up the science stream to follow his dream of becoming a doctor or an engineer. Due to his active participation in the student politics and lack of guidance in academics, he could not get sufficient rank in the entrance examination that tests the suitability of the candidates for different professional courses. Hence, he had to shelve his dreams to pursue his academics in professional courses. However, he got a good percentage of marks in the pre-degree examinations. As a junior college student, he actively participated in different movements and organized the students for various causes using his compulsive speeches and close relationships with different people. Subsequently, he joined the famous UC College in Aluva for pursuing his education at the degree level. At the degree level, his area of specialization was Chemistry. For the first two years in UC College, he more actively participated in various political movements outside the college premises. During this period, he gained necessary contacts in the District Congress Committee office and he could use them to his advantage later in his life. In the final year, he went slow on his political activities and concentrated on his studies so that he could pass the degree examinations. His timely change of strategy paid off and he not only passed the examinations but also secured good marks and grades. Later in his life, he entered into matrimonial alliance with his sweetheart Sumam Dhanapalan. The marriage was solemnized on July 07, 1979 at a temple near his birthplace. The couple is blessed with two sons and they are doing well.
K.P Dhanapalan is a seasoned social worker and an able politician with long and illustrious career in the state politics. He plunged into the state politics while he was a school-going student. As a result of his wholehearted participation in political movements of his time, he could showcase his capabilities to organize activities, deliver convincing speeches and initiate the social welfare activities. These traits of his were noticed by the District Congress Committee and he was given membership in the committee by the office bearers. Slowly, he was given the tasks by the committee to undertake various welfare activities at the district level. He accomplished the tasks assigned to him and was able to make friendship with various people from across the party. This made him a popular figure in his constituency. Judging by his popularity and the good work done by him, he was given the permission to contest for an election to the Municipal Council of North Paravoor town of the Ernakulam district. K.P. Dhanapalan and his associates campaigned well for the election and he was selected as the member of the Municipal Council. Due to his personal equation and the good work, the other members of the Council unanimously elected him as the Chairman of the Council. As a head of the Council, he undertook various welfare and infrastructure construction activities for the Municipal town of North Paravoor. Because of this, his popularity grew many folds and he was able to retain the chairmanship for a sizeable period from 1979 to 1984. Meanwhile, he also became the Secretary District Congress Committee for the Ernakulam district.
K.P. Dhanapalan remained as a humble worker of the Congress party and occupied different party posts at the district and state levels. When he was working low profile, he continued his fruitful associations with the people across the political spectrum and the people in his constituency. As a social worker, he worked with the Gandhi Peace Foundation and Red Cross to uplift the needy sections of the society. Slowly his popularity grew across the state and he started taking part in various events in different parts of the state. After some time, he was elected again back to the North Paravoor Municipal Council in the year 1995. From that point in time, he was again selected as the Municipal Council Chairman for a period of five years. When he left the high profile job at the district level in 2000, he had many distinctions in his name. As the State Committee on Selecting Candidates for Lokh Sabha met to scrutinize the profile of different candidates, his name came first for a number of reasons. He was finally shortlisted to represent the Chalakudy Lokh Sabha Constituency. In the year 2009, he successfully fought the national general election and went to the Lokh Sabha representing the Chalakudy Constituency.
Works as a Member of Parliament
K.P. Dhanapalan is one of the successful members of the Parliament from the state of Kerala. As a valued member, he used to raise the issues faced by the people from his constituency in the Parliament. Because of this, he became a star amongst the peers in the Parliament. So, he was made the member of a number of committees. Despite of his busy schedules with parliamentary committees, he found ample time to visit his Lokh Sabha constituency and personally supervise the development activities undertaken there with the help of the money provided by him from MP Development Fund. The Government of India allots each Member of Parliament (MP) money to sponsor and undertake development activities in his/her constituency. This is called as MP Development Fund. Under his supervision, the facilities like the flyovers, educational institutions, etc. were built, after getting prior sanctions from the government. He is currently a member of committees on Commerce, Provision of Computers to Members of Parliament, and Consultative Committees for the Ministry of Agriculture, and for the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. He is also a member of India-Bosnia and Herzegovina Parliamentary Friendship Group. In the official capacity as an MP, he has visited the countries like USA and the former USSR, representing our country.
During the leisure time, K.P. Dhanapalan loves to be with his family members and spend holidays with them. He also likes to read a lot of books when he is alone or traveling. He has read a number of books on various topics pertaining to the state, nation and international affairs. He also loves to play Bail Badminton. He has been actively associated with this sport since his childhood.
Other Posts Held
K.P. Dhanapalan was the Chairman of Ksheera Karshaka Shemanidhi Board from 2005 to 2006. He was the Director of North Malabar Gramin Bank for a period of two years from 2007 to 2009. He tried to contribute something in the educational sector, as he was aware of the issues faced by the students. Giving credence to his work during his academic years, the think tank of the state unit of the Indian National Congress nominated him as the member of the senate committee of Cochin University of Science and Technology. As a member of the senate, he gave his valuable inputs to the University for a period of two years from 1980 to 1982.
K.P. Dhanapalan is a seasoned Politician and a Social Worker from the state of Kerala. He has over 3 decades of experience as a political worker. Right from the school days, he was associated with the Indian National Congress. He worked his way to the top by showcasing his organizational, leadership and oratory skills. As a social worker, he has done a lot of social welfare activities in Ernakulam district. He has worked with the Gandhi Peace Foundation and Red Cross to alleviate the sufferings of the people from the lower strata of the society. He was the Chairman of Municipal Council of North Paravoor town. In that capacity, he had undertaken a lot of useful work to improve the physical infrastructure of the town. In recognition of his contributions, he was given the ticket to contest for a Lokh Sabha seat to represent Chalakudy Constituency. He successfully fought the election and contributed to the development of the constituency.