: Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, Speaker G. Karthikeyan, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, Ministers, and leaders of various political parties condoled the death of CPI State secretary C.K. Chandrappan here on Thursday.

The Governor said Mr. Chandrappan was a veteran communist leader and vibrant parliamentarian who always raised his voice against injustice and stood by the people in their struggle for rights.

The death of Mr.Chandrappan was a great loss to the progressive movement, Speaker G. Karthikeyan said. Mr. Chandrappan was an affable person with whom he had a warm friendship, Mr. Karthikeyan said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said simplicity and high thinking were the features that made Mr.Chandrappan distinct. He held a high position in Kerala politics. The simple and mild-mannered leader was uncompromising in his political views too, the Chief Minister said.

Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan said Mr. Chandrappan's death was a great loss to the Left movement and the public sphere. He had departed at a time when it was imperative to intensify the agitation against the anti-people policies of the Union and State governments. Mr. Chandrappan was a leader who had won public acclaim through selfless service, he said.

Role model

Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan described Mr.Chandrappan as a leader who strived hard for Left unity. He was a model worth emulating for all communists. In spite of differences of opinion, he shared a warm camaraderie with the departed leader, Mr. Pinarayi said. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala said Mr.Chandrappan was a leader who relentlessly upheld probity in public life. He had proved his prowess as a parliamentarian and an able political leader.

United Democratic Front (UDF) convener P.P. Thankachan said the Communist movement had lost a strong leader in the country. Minister for Industries and IUML leader P.K. Kunhalikutty said Mr. Chandrappan was able to win the respect of all sections through his impeccable character and integrity.

Mr. Chandrappan had registered a strong presence in politics through his selfless service and had proved his acumen as a parliamentarian, Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar said.

Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan described him as an epitome of simplicity and a leader with strong political commitment. Health Minister Adoor Prakash said Mr.Chandrappan was a leader who always stood with the masses and was an embodiment of decency in public life.

Mr. Chandrappan's death was a great loss to principled political and public life, Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies K.V. Thomas said.

Simplicity

Major Acrchbishop Baselios Cleemis described Mr. Chandrappan as a leader who interacted with simplicity and respect with people from all walks of life. He was an accomplished orator who won the respect of his opponents. With the demise of Mr.Chandrappan, the Indian Left movement had lost a noble leader who was also bold, sincere and committed to his cause, RSP national general secretary T.J. Chandrachoodan said.

Other Ministers; MPs; MLAs; Congress(S) leader Ramachandran Kadannapallly; RSP State secretary A.A. Azeez; Travancore Devaswom Board president M. Rajagopalan Nair; Planning Board member C.P. John; NCP State president A.C. Shanmughadas; and DYFI president M. Swaraj and secretary T.V. Rajesh; expressed their condolence.

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