Bedridden former Youth Congress leader teams up with party supporter, Shibu and Soniya get married, Congress leaders Oommen Chandy, Ramesh Chennithala, Youth Congress

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Congress leaders Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala greeted the couple over the phone.

Sonia and Shibu

Cherppu: Shibu George, a former youth congressional district president who has been bedridden for 12 years, has now found a life partner in Aluva. Soniya, a former Youth Congresswoman, and Shibu were married in the presence of the clerk.

Congress leaders Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala made their wishes known over the phone. Shibu’s colleagues, Joseph Taget, John Daniel and Shaji Kodankandath attended the ceremony. Cherppu Panchayat Chairman Sujisha Kalayath, CPM leaders Sebi Joseph Pallissery, M Madhu, P Chandran and BJP leaders P Gopinath and Vijayan Chendanath became witnesses.

Shibu and Soniya met through an online marriage about six months ago. Soniya visited Shibu’s house and expressed her wish to marry him.

Soniya took a cosmetology course in Bangalore and worked in the American camp in Iraq for three years. She is now working as a cosmetologist here in Kerala. She is the daughter of Thankachan and Anna of House Chunanganveli.

Shibu was injured after falling from the third story of an apartment building on January 30, 2009. The accident happened just before he was about to leave after attending a youth congress camp in the State in Adoor. He only regained consciousness after 5 days. Although he was able to sit in a wheelchair after 6 months, he has been in the same condition for 12 years.

Shibu was an alumnus of Christ College, Irinjalakuda. Her friends gave the rings to the bride and groom.

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