MADURAI: Hundreds of party cadre and residents of Madurai district paid homage to Communist Party of India (Marxist) former MP P. Mohan here on Saturday.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers M.K. Alagiri and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K.V. Thangkabalu were among those who paid their last respects to the two-time MP of Madurai, who died in Chennai on Friday.
The body, draped in party flag, was kept at the party office. A large number of CPI (M) cadre from across the State, cadre of various political parties and leaders of trade unions participated in the funeral procession that wound through the main thoroughfares before reaching the crematorium at Thathaneri.
Exemplary public life
CPI (M) State secretary N. Varadarajan said that Mohan led an exemplary public life. “At a time when power was being misused (by those holding responsible posts), Mohan gave a service-oriented stint as an MP with the training given to him by the party.”
Stating that the seeds of service sown by Mohan would act as a catalyst for the party in bringing about a renaissance in the lives of the masses, he said a fitting homage to the leader would be to carry forward his unfinished tasks.
Communist Party of India leader R. Nallakannu said that Mohan toiled for upholding the rights of the working class. His demise was a loss to the Communist movement.
CPI (M) MP T.K. Rangarajan, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam district secretary P. Moorthy and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam district secretary M. Boominathan were among those who offered their condolences.
Mayor G. Thenmozhi; MPs N.S.V. Chitthan, J.M. Haroon and P. Viswanathan; MLAs C. Durairaj, N. Nanmaran, E. Mahendran, S.S. Ghouse Basha and K.S.K. Rajendran; Deputy Mayor P.M. Mannan; All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam district secretary K. Raju; All India Forward Bloc leaders L. Santhanam and P.V. Kathiravan and leaders of the Bhartiya Janata Party and Pattali Makkal Katchi were among those who paid their homage.
Chennai Special Correspondent writes:
AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa, TNCC president K.V. Thangkabalu and MDMK general secretary Vaiko condoled the death of Mohan.
In her statement, Ms. Jayalalithaa said Mohan worked for the welfare of the people till his last days. “He was elected from the Madurai constituency when his party was part of the AIADMK alliance. I had campaigned for him in the election,” she recalled.
Mr. Thangkabalu said Mohan was a simple man and had friends cutting across party lines.
Mr. Vaiko said Mohan represented the working class and fought for their rights. “In Parliament he raised his voice for the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu. His untimely death has left us sad.”
Former Union Minister Su. Thirunnavukarasar and Students Federation of India (SFI) also condoled the death.