She was laid to rest on the premises of her Vayalar house
Alappuzha/ KOCHI: Mercy Ravi, former Congress MLA and wife of Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi, who died at a private hospital in Chennai early Saturday morning was laid to rest at the family residence at Vayalar, near Cherthala in Alappuzha district, in the evening. She was 63.
She had been undergoing treatment for kidney-related ailments for quite long. She was shifted from a private hospital in Kochi to Chennai on August 27 after her condition turned worse. Mr. Ravi was beside her when the end came. Ms. Ravi is survived by three children, Ravi Krishna, Lisa Rohan, and Lakshmi Ravi.
The body was brought to Cherthala around 4 p.m. A large number of Congress workers and the public gathered at Vayalar to pay their homage to the departed leader.
Among those who were present during the last rites were Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, Meghalaya Governor M.M. Jacob, Ministers M.A. Baby and G. Sudhakaran, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, Kerala Congress (M) leader K.M. Mani, JSS leader K.R. Gouri, and K.C. Venugopal and Kodikunnil Suresh, MPs.
Earlier, the body was flown to Kochi on a special aircraft. Hundreds of people, cutting across political lines, turned up at the Cochin airport. Transport Minister Jose Thettayil, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Tom Vadakkan, and K.P. Dhanapalan, P.C. Chacko, and M.I. Shanavas, all MPs, were present at the airport.
The body was later kept at her residence at Jawahar Nagar here for the public to pay their homage.
The funeral was held around 6 p.m. at Mr. Ravi’s ancestral home at Vayalar in Alappuzha district.
Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, and leaders of various political parties paid homage to Ms. Ravi.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture K.V. Thomas, CPI(M) State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, BJP State president P.K. Krishnadas, and INTUC State president R. Chandrasekharan condoled the demise of Ms. Ravi.