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Pankajakshan passes away

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Veteran Leftist leader and former general secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) K. Pankajakshan died here on Tuesday.

Mr. Pankajakshan (84), who has been ailing for quite sometime, died at the government medical college here around 7 p.m. He was hospitalised on Friday. He suffered a massive cardiac arrest in the evening and died despite being put on ventilator. The body was later shifted to a mortuary. The cremation would take place on August 30.

A former Minister in several State Cabinets, Mr. Pankajakshan’s was an untainted public life. He had held portfolios such as Labour, Public Works, and Sports in Cabinets headed by C. Achutha Menon, K. Karunakaran, A.K. Antony, P.K. Vasudevan Nair, and E.K. Nayanar and was instrumental in establishing perhaps the largest number of labour welfare boards in the State’s history.

Mr. Pankajakshan, who entered politics as a student activist in erstwhile Travancore, was elected twice as general secretary of the RSP and had earlier served as State secretary of the party. — Special Correspondent

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