Shri. D. Damodaran Potti, esteemed leader had the distinction of adorning the seats of Speaker and
Minister in our state. He was born on 27th April 1921 in Kottarakara as the son of Shri. K.Damodaran
Potti, who was a member of Sree Mulam Praja Sabha.
After completing his matriculation in Kottarakara High School, he studied in S.B. College, Changanassery
and Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, and later took his Bachelors’ Degree in Law from Law College,
Shri. Damodaran Potti turned to active politics by participating in the Quit India movement, even
resigning the job he had in the Central Secretariat in 1942. Subsequently, in 1944 he started practice
as an Advocate in Kottarakara. Though he was an active worker of the Congress Party, he later joined
PSP and SSP. He had served as the Chairman of S.S.P’ Kerala Unit and had also been the Vice
Chairman of the Kerala Grandhasala Sangham.
As one, whose heart was with the masses, Shri. Potti worked for the upliftment of the poor and working
class, and actively participated in the trade union movement.
In 1954, Shri. Potti had also been elected to Travancore - Cochin Assembly. He served as the Deputy
Speaker in that Assembly.
Shri. Damodaran Potti was elected to the K.L.A for the first time in 1960, contesting from Kottarakara.
From 21.2.1960 to 8.10.1962 he also held the portfolio of Public Works in the Cabinets headed by
Sri. Pattom Thanu Pillai and later, Sri R. Sankar .
Shri. Potti, became elected to the KLA, again in 1967, from Chadayamangalam constituency. On 15th
March 1967, he was elected as the Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly, and he graced the Chair
till 21st October 1970. His contributions to KLA as a Speaker have been widely acknowledged.
Sri. Damodaran Potti expired on 15.11.2002.
The Assembly paid its homage to him on 27.1.2003.