She was one of the few women who held major responsibilities in the CPI (M) structure. She was a Minister in a number of LDF cabinets in Kerala. During her last term she was the Minister for Industries and Social Welfare. She almost became the Chief Minister of Kerala in 1996. She lost by one vote to E. K. Nayanar in an election in the state committee of CPI(M), in whose cabinet she became the Minister for Industries and Social Welfare.