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Kerala Congress’ lone woman star MLA Uma Thomas

BP World Bureau | Jun 04 2022 11:05:23 AM
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Uma Thomas, the lady with a kind and warm smile, and the single woman from Kerala Congress have won the bye-election to the Thrikkakara Assembly constituency in Ernakulam District. 

She becomes the Congress party’s lone woman legislator in the current Kerala Legislative Assembly. She beat CPI(M)’s candidate, Dr Jo Joseph, by more than 25,000 votes. It is the highest-ever victory margin since the formation of the Thrikkakara seat in 2011. Her late husband, senior Congress leader P T Thomas, who had represented the constituency since 2016, had won it with a margin of 14,300 votes in the 2021 Assembly polls.

Her husband, PT Thomas’s demise in December 2021 pushed the 56-year-old managerial professional to enter into politics. She s returning to the scene after three-and-a-half decades since her college politics days. She had quit in 1987 post her marriage to PT Thomas. She was a leader of the Kerala Students Union (KSU), the Congress party’s students wing, and the vice-chairman of the students’ union in the college.

The couple has two sons. The marriage had faced many strong objections from her family as she belonged to the Hindu community. Although she didn’t actively take part in any politics, she used to take part in Thomas’ campaigns actively when he contested the Assembly or the Lok Sabha polls. 

Apart from politics, her passion is singing. She used to hit the campaign trails singing songs in a bid to boost her husband’s poll prospects. While campaigning for the bypoll election, she never fell victim to any rows or controversies and won the hearts of people with her gentle ways.

She addressed the media and said, “PT (Thomas) is my strength. I dedicate my win to PT. My contest was not against Jo Joseph (CPM candidate), but against Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala Chief Minister). Development should be people-friendly,” making a reference to Vijayan’s ambitious semi high-speed K-Rail project. It is opposed by many in Kerala.