When the Government car numbers were allotted recently to the new Ministers, a controversy erupted in Kerala over non-allotment of number 13 car to any Minister. 16 out of the 19 Ministers had refused to be sworn in the name of God and insisted in taking the solemn pledge. No Minister in the previous UDF Ministry owned a number 13 car. The fear of number 13 and avoidance to use it is known as Triskaidekaphobia.
However, after the non-allotment became a controversy, number 13 was demanded by the Finance Minister, Thomas Issac and the Agricultural Minister, V. S. Sunil Kumar. Thomas Issac also sought Manmohan Bungalow, known for misfortunes, as his official residence.
Akin to a common belief in Kerala and it is not only the Government which has succumbed to Triskaidekaphobia but also the Kerala Judiciary. The old High Court building did have a courtroom number 13 but in 1995 it was renamed as courtroom 12A. When the new High Court building started functioning, this practise continued and it did not have a courtroom number 13.