As quickly as she took the political plunge in 2016, George received from the Aranmula Assembly, a seat she additionally received within the 6 April Assembly polls this 12 months with a margin of over 19,000 votes
Journalist-turned-politician and two-time Aranmula legislator Veena George is about to take oath as Kerala’s well being minister on Thursday.
Veena will fill within the sneakers of KK Shailaja, who had been lauded for the environment friendly dealing with of the 2018 Nipah virus outbreak and the coronavirus pandemic in Kerala that the nation has been witnessing since final 12 months. She is among the many 11 girls MLAs elected to the Kerala Assembly and can also be the primary lady journalist-turned-politician to get the ministerial berth within the state.
George labored as a journalist and information anchor in varied Malayalam information channels like Kairali TV, Manorama News and Reporter TV for a profession spanning 16 years. In 2015, she grew to become the primary lady to move a media organisation in Kerala when she grew to become the chief editor of Malayalam information channel TV News.
She was one of many 5 Indian journalists who was assigned to cowl the 2012 US elections. She was additionally the presenter of the tv programme Naam Munnottu, which featured an interplay between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and an viewers.
As quickly as she took the political plunge in 2016, Veena tasted victory when she was elected from Aranmula Assembly, a seat she additionally received within the 6 April Assembly polls this 12 months with a margin of over 19,000 votes. In the Lok Sabha election of 2019, she contested from Pathanamthitta for the LDF, however misplaced to UDF’s Anto Antony by a margin of 44,243 votes.
The 45-year-old was born in Thiruvananthapuram on 3 August, 1976. She grew as much as change into an activist of Students Federation of India (SFI), the student wing of the CPM. She is a rank holder of MSc (Physics) and BEd, in accordance with PTI, whereas her husband Dr George Joseph has served as a secretary of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.