C R Neelakandan, is the State Convener of Aam Aadmi Party Kerala since January 2016. Began his political activism in students movement, he was arrested during The Emergency and was held in illegal custody for alleged possession of communist literature. Later he joined SFI, and also worked in the Communist Party. In 2014, he joined the Aam Aadmi Party and became a member of the State Executive Committee. Retired from Keltron as Deputy General Manager, he is a social-political-environmental activist and writer, a regular contributor to Malayalam periodicals.
Neelakandan has been active in struggles against corruption, anti-dalit policies, anti-environmental & human displacement projects. Leading and participating in struggles like Silent Valley, National Highway Protection Samithy, Chengara, Plachimada, GAIL Pipe Line, High Speed Rail Corridor, Many mining projects like Mineral sand mining on Arattupuzha Coast, Moolampilly displacement, Malabar Gold pollution, Periyar River Protection, Endosulfan in Kazaragode, Aranmula Airport, Athirappilly and Pooyamkutty HEPs, Puthu Vypin and Vizhinjam struggles too and environmental issues such as public protest against waste dumping at various places across the state such as Lalur, Vilappilashala, Panama kuttichira, Brahmapuram, Pettippalam etc.