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|Member of the Indian Parliament|
|Preceded by||A. Sreedharan|
|Succeeded by||O. Bharatan|
|Born||citation needed]20 September 1936 [|
Coimbatore, Madras Presidency
|Political party||Indian National Congress (I)|
|Profession||Journalist, Political & Social worker and writer|
|As of 23 September, 2006|
Unnikrishnan first represented Vatakara constituency in 1971 as an Indian National Congress candidate. He remained unbeaten in the next five LS polls (1977, 1980, 1984, 1989, 1991) despite switching over to the Indian National Congress (Urs) in 1980 and later to Indian Congress (Socialist) in 1984. He had served as the Minister for Telecommunications in the V P Singh Cabinet (1989–90).
His only defeat in the constituency came in 1996. Unnikrishnan later quit active politics, shifted his base to New Delhi and then to his ancestral house at Panniyankara in Kozhikode, and immersed himself in reading and writing books. Apart from ill-health, Unnikrishnan's decision to keep off politics was aided by group rivalry in the party.
- "The Stalwarts Who Faded Away". The New Indian Express.