|Minister for Forests, Wild Life Protection Government of Kerala|
|Assumed office |
20 May 2021
|Minister for Transport, Government of Kerala|
1 February 2018 – 03 May 2021
|Preceded by||Thomas Chandy|
|Succeeded by||Antony Raju|
25 May 2016 – 26 March 2017
|Preceded by||Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Chandy|
|Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly|
|Assumed office |
1 June 2011
|Born||29 January 1946|
Kannur, Malabar District, Madras Presidency, British India
(present-day Kerala, India)
|Political party||Nationalist Congress Party|
|Spouse(s)||Anitha Krishnan N. T.|
A. K. Saseendran (born 29 January 1946) is an Indian politician serving as the Minister for Forests, Wild Life Protection, Government of Kerala in the second Pinarayi Vijayan ministry. He belongs to the Nationalist Congress Party and represents the Elathur constituency. He was previously elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1980, 1982, 2006, 2011 and 2016.
He is the son of K. Kunhambu and M. K. Janaki. He was born in Kannur on 29 January 1946. He is married to Anitha Krishnan N T and has one son Varun Saseendran. He resides at Mele Chovva, Kannur.
Hobbies : Reading and Travelling
Recreation : Watching Football
One among the senior leaders in Kerala politics. A native of Elayavoor in Kannur, Saseendran started his political career through KSU in 1962. After holding various party posts, he joined Congress (S) in 1978. Later he joined NCP and currently he is a member of national working committee since 2006. He was elected to the Assembly in 1980 from Peringalam, 1982 from Edakkad, 2006 from Balussery and three times consecutively from Elathur during 2011,2016 and 2021 elections.
|1980||Peringalam||K. C. Marar (JNP)||5890||Won|
|1982||Edakkad||K. Sudhakaran (Janata-G)||7543||Won|
|1987||Cannanore||P. Bhaskaran (INC)||8048||Lost|
|1991||Cannanore||N. Ramakrishnan (INC)||14805||Lost|
|2006||Balusseri||K Balakrishnan Kidavu(INC)||14160||Won|
|2011||Elathur||Shaik P Harriz (SJD)||14654||Won|
|2016||Elathur||Kishen Chand (JD(U))||29057||Won|
|2021||Elathur||Sulphikar Mayoori (IND)||38502||Won|
On 26 March 2017, Saseendran resigned as minister after a newly launched malayalam television channel, Mangalam TV, aired a telephonic audio clip in which he is allegedly heard speaking in a sexually explicit way to a person, whom the channel claimed was a housewife.
Later, the channel CEO apologised and admitted that it was a sting operation done using a woman journalist of the channel after having denied it earlier.
On April 4, the CEO and four mediapersons of the channel were arrested by the police for airing “obscene conversation” and criminal conspiracy.
Later, Saseendran was acquitted in the case after the complainant, who had earlier alleged sexual harassment turned hostile in court and he returned as minister. Saseendran was the second Minister to resign from the Pinarayi Vijayan Cabinet.
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