M. B. Rajesh
Minister for Local Self Governments and Department of Excise, Government of Kerala
Assumed office
6 September 2022
Chief MinisterPinarayi Vijayan
Preceded byM.V. Govindan
23rd Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
In office
25 May 2021 (2021-05-25) – 3 September 2022 (2022-09-03)
Preceded byP. Sreeramakrishnan
Succeeded byA N Shamseer
Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
24 May 2021 (2021-05-24)
Preceded byV. T. Balram
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
31 May 2009 (2009-05-31) – 23 May 2019 (2019-05-23)
Preceded byN. N. Krishnadas
Succeeded byV. K. Sreekandan
Personal details
Born (1971-03-12) 12 March 1971 (age 53)
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Political partyCommunist Party of India (Marxist)
SpouseNinitha Kanicheri
  • Balakrishnan Nair
  • M. K. Remani
ResidencePalakkad, Kerala
Alma mater

M. B. Rajesh (born 12 March 1971) is an Indian politician who has served as the State Minister for Local Self-Governments and Excise of Kerala, since 2022.[1] He previously served as the Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly from 2021 to 2022 and represents Thrithala State Assembly Constituency since 2021.

He was a Member of the Lok Sabha representing Palakkad Lok Sabha Constituency from 2009 to 2019.


Rajesh was born in Jalandhar, Punjab on 12 March 1971 as the eldest son of Balakrishnan Nair and M. K. Remani. A native of Kayiliad, Chalavara, Shornur in Palakkad, Rajesh graduated in law from Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram and post-graduated in economics from NSS College, Ottapalam. By profession, he is an advocate. Rajesh is married to Ninitha Kanicheri, who is an assistant professor at Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit.

Political career

Rajesh started his political life while he was a school student by organizing the SFI at the school level. Later he became the President and then-Secretary of SFI Kerala State Committee. He also held positions including the Joint Secretary and Vice President of SFI Central Committee. After his student life, he was active in the DYFI where he became the National President. Rajesh is now a member of the Kerala state committee of CPI(M). M B Rajesh is the current lawmaker from Thrithala legislative constituency in Palakkad district.


The appointment of his wife as assistant professor in Kalady Sanskrit university snowballed into a major political controversy ahead of 2021 legislative assembly elections as one of the subject experts in the interview board alleged irregularities in the process.[2]


The books published by Rajesh include


  1. ^ "CPI(M)'s MB Rajesh snatches Thrithala from Congress's VT Balram". Sreedevi Jayarajan. The NewsMinute. 2 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Appointment of CPIM leader's wife at Sanskrit university sparks row". The Hindu. 4 February 2021.
Preceded byN. N. Krishnadas MP from Palakkad 31 May 2009 – 23 May 2019 Succeeded byV. K. Sreekandan