M. B. Rajesh
M B Rajesh.JPG
21st Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
25 May 2021 (2021-05-25)
Preceded byP. Sreeramakrishnan
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 51)
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Political partyCommunist Party of India (Marxist)
Spouse(s)Ninitha Kanicheri
  • Balakrishnan Nair
  • M. K. Remani
Residence(s)Palakkad, Kerala
Alma mater

M. B. Rajesh (born 12 March 1971) is an Indian politician who is currently serving as Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly and Member Of Legislative Assembly representing Thrithala constituency.[1] He is a former Member of Parliament of the 16th Lok Sabha of India.

He represented the Palakkad constituency[2] of Kerala from 2009 to 2019. He is from CPI (M) political party.


Rajesh is the eldest son of Balakrishnan Nair and M. K. Remani. He was born in Jalandhar, Punjab on 12 March 1971, in a Hindu family. A native of Chalavara, Shornur in Palakkad District of Kerala, Rajesh is graduated in Law (LL.B) from Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram under the University of Kerala and postgraduated in economics from the NSS College, Ottapalam affiliated to the University of Calicut. By profession, he is an advocate. Rajesh is married to Ninitha Kanicheri who is an Assistant Professor in Kalady Sanskrit University.

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[3]


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. ^ "M. B. Rajesh (MP-Palakkad, Kerala) Report Card". iForIndia.org. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ "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