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Leaders condole Sikander Bakht's death

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEB. 24. The Finance Minister, K Sankaranarayanan, today recalled his 30-year-old association with the Governor, Sikander Bakht, beginning with their days in the Congress (O).

In a condolence message, the Finance Minister said that his association with Sikander Bakht began in 1973 when they were together in the Congress (O) working committee, under the presidentship of Asoka Mehta. "He was a close friend, but as a Minister, I always had to meet him as per protocol," he said.

Mr. Sankaranarayanan was one of the first few people who arrived at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, on hearing the news that the Governor had been admitted there.

"I was specially invited to several functions held at the Governor's residence. His death is a personal loss," he said.

The KPCC president, P. P. Thankachan, also condoled the death of the Governor. He appreciated the perfect ties the Governor shared with the State Government. The CWC member, Ramesh Chennithala, also condoled the death.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Calicut University, Syed Iqbal Hasnain, in a condolence message, said that the unexpected demise of Sikander Bakht was a great loss to the nation and its people. "He represented a generation of leaders who devoted their entire life to the well-being of the people, national development and social harmony'', Dr. Hasnain said.

The Janata Dal (S) Kerala unit president, M. P. Veerendrakumar, today expressed profound grief at the death. Mr. Veerendrakumar, also president of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS), placed a wreath on the body of the departed leader on behalf of INS. — PTI.

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