Veteran CPI Leader D Pandian Passes Away Aged 88; Tamil Nadu Leaders Condole Death

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Chennai: CPI veteran and the occasion’s former state secretary D Pandian died right here on Friday following sickness, the occasion mentioned. The 88-year previous former MP was not protecting properly and had been admitted to a authorities hospital the place he breathed his final Friday. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwailal Purohit, Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami, DMK President M Okay Stalin and others condoled his demise. In his six decade-long political profession, Pandian was an lively commerce union chief amongst others and had participated in Railway and port union actions, CPI state secretary R Mutharasan mentioned in a celebration launch.

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He represented the then North Madras Lok Sabha phase in 1989 and 1991. He was injured within the bomb blast at an election rally at Sriperumbudur close to right here in 1991 through which former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed and lived with shrapnels all through his life, Mutharasan mentioned.

Pandian headed the occasion’s state unit from 2005 to 2015 and is hailed as a great orator whereas he had additionally written over 30 books and penned various articles within the occasion mouthpiece ‘Jakansakthi.’ He was within the forefront on points like eradication of superstition, selling science and social justice. He will likely be laid to relaxation close to Usilampatti in Madurai on Saturday.

In his condolence message, Purohit mentioned “with a political span covering nearly many decades his contribution to the development of Tamil Nadu will always remain unforgettable. “His demise is an irreparable loss to the people of Tamil Nadu and particularly to the Communist Party of India,” he mentioned.

Palaniswami mentioned Pandian was a tough employee and recognized to be an affable man. “There is no doubt the life and experiences of brother Pandian shall be a lesson to the younger generation,” he mentioned in a press release.

Stalin expressed shock over the veteran Communist chief’s demise. “He bravely faced any challenge and was a friend of the working class,” Stalin mentioned, whereas hailing the multi-faceted chief. MDMK founder Vaiko, CPI (M)state secretary Okay Balakrishnan, Dravidar Kazhagam chief Okay Veeramani, BJP state President L Murugan, DMDK founder Vijayakant and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan condoled Pandian’s demise.

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