PA Muhammad Riyas, national President of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) -- the youth wing of CPI(M) and IT entrepreneur Veena Thayikkandiyil are getting married soon, a source told TNM.
Veena is the elder daughter of Pinarayi Vijayan and Kamala Vijayan, and is based in Bengaluru where she has set up her own company.
According to reports, the wedding will be held on June 15 at Thiruvananthapuram in a small function only for close friends and family.
Muhammad Riyas, who entered politics during his school and college days, was earlier the national joint secretary of DYFI. He was appointed DYFI’s president in February 2017. Riyas has also become a household figure in Kerala with his frequent appearances on television news debates. In May 2017, he led ‘beef cooking’ protests against the Centre’s decision to ban the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha election, Riyas contested from the Kozhikode constituency as a CPI(M) candidate and lost to UDF’s MK Raghavan by a margin of about 800 votes.
Veena, who has worked with Oracle and then was the CEO of RP Techsoft, started a company called Exalogic 6 years ago. Based out of Bengaluru, the company was recently dragged into the Sprinklr controversy by the Congress.
It is both Veena’s and Riyas’s second marriage.