Chennai: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president and Wayanad MP MI Shanawas (67) died early morning on Wednesday. He had been under treatment in a private hospital in Chennai following an infection found in his body after his liver transplantation surgery.

The death happened early morning at around 1:30 AM. Shanavas was admitted to Dr Rela Medical and Research Centre on October 31. The surgery took place on November 2. But his health condition worsened due to post-surgery infection.

Earlier this year, he was appointed as one of the three working presidents of the party along with Mavelikkara MP Kodikkunil Suresh and former Kannur MP K Sudhakaran. He is survived by wife Jubairi and children Amina and Haseeb.

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Shanavas is the son of advocate MV Ibrahim Kutty and Noorjahan Begum. He completed his MA English from Kozhikode Farooq College and studied LLB in Ernakulam Law College.

Shanavas had begun his political life through Kerala Students Union (KSU). During his KSU days, he held the post of the chairman of Calicut university's student body. He went on to become the vice-president of the Youth Congress, joint secretary of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and later its vice president as well.

Shanavas contested from Vadakkekara constituency in 1987 and 1991 and then from Pattambi in 1996. He lost all three of them. He then contested Lok Sabha election from Chirayinkeezhu in 1999 and 2004, again lost both times.

But five years later, the Wayanad district in north Kerala offered a seat for Lok Sabha. And for the first time with one of the most important margins in that election in 2014, he was re-elected from Wayanad, defeating Sathyan Mokeri of the LDF.