An outstanding parliamentarian
: Communist Party of India (CPI) Kerala State secretary C. K. Chandrappan is dead.
Mr. Chandrappan, 76, who had been fighting cancer for nearly a year now, died at a private hospital here. He was admitted to a hospital in Kochi a week ago after he developed complications while campaigning in the Piravom byelection and was later shifted to Thiruvananthapuram. He was put on ventilator last night and breathed his last at 12.10 p.m. Senior State CPI leaders, his wife, Bulu Roy Chowdhury, and close relatives were at the hospital when the end came.
The body was taken to the M.N. Smarakom, the State headquarters of the CPI, late in the afternoon and is kept there for public viewing. It would be taken to Alappuzha for cremation with official honours on Friday evening at the Valiyachudukaad, the last resting place of several communist stalwarts of the past. The party flag at the CPI office was lowered to half mast following Mr. Chandrappan's death.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Ministers and leaders of various political parties and organisations, flocked to the CPI office to pay their last respects to Mr. Chandrappan. The State CPI(M) leadership announced suspension of all official programmes of the party on Friday as a mark of respect to the fraternal communist party leader.
He was born to Ammukkutty and C.K. Kumara Panicker, who used to be known as ‘Vayalar Stalin,' hero of the legendary Punnapra-Vayalar uprising, on November 11, 1936.
An outstanding parliamentarian, he was elected to the Lok Sabha three times and once to the State Assembly. He represented Thalassery (1971), Kannur (1977) and Thrissur (2004) in the Lok Sabha. He reached the Assembly in 1991 from Cherthala. He became a member of the CPI national council member in 1970 and has been serving as a member of the party central secretariat for decades now.