: Union Minister for Defence A.K. Antony said in a message here that Veliyam Bhargavan was a friend with whom he had worked very closely from 1985. As a component of the United Democratic Front (UDF) then, we worked in the coordination committees together, he said. Mr. Antony recalled that since he and Mr. Bhargavan were neighbours at the MLA quarters, they had several opportunities to exchange ideas. He described the passing away of Mr. Bhargavan as a big loss to the Left and progressive movements. — Staff Reporter