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A. Kanaran passes away

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KOZHIKODE, DEC. 19. A. Kanaran, CPI(M) State secretariat member and State president of the pro-CPI(M) Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union, died of cancer at a private hospital here this morning. He was 73.

Mr. Kanaran was admitted to the hospital on November 6. He was keeping away from active politics for sometime; he underwent treatment at the Regional Cancer Centre earlier.

Mr. Kanaran was the MLA of the Meppayyur Assembly Constituency for 14 years from 1987. He was the patron of the pro-CPI(M) Adivasi Kshema Samithy and Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Samithy. He began his political career by organising workers and settler farmers in the eastern regions of the Vadakara taluk.

The body was kept for public viewing at the district office of the CPI(M) till 3-30 p.m. The CPI(M) State secretary, Pinarai Vijayan, and the MLA Thomas Isaac were among the CPI(M) leaders who paid respects to the departed leader. The body was taken to his residence in Edacherri in the district in a procession. He will be cremated there at 10 a.m. tomorrow. He is survived by wife, V.K. Nalini, two sons and a daughter.

Death condoled

The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, the former Chief Minister A.K. Antony, the Speaker, Therambil Ramakrishnan, Ministers and leaders of various political parties have condoled the death of the CPI(M) State secretariat member, A. Kanaran.

In a condolence message here today, Mr. Chandy described Kanaran's death as a major loss for the working class movement. The Speaker said that Mr. Kanaran was a leader who fought for the rights of agriculture workers within and outside the Legislature. The Ministers, K.M. Mani, M.V. Raghavan, K.K. Ramachandran, M.K. Muneer and A.P. Anil Kumar, the former Minister R. Balakrishna Pillai, the CPI State assistant secretary, K.E. Ismail, and the RSP State secretary, T.J. Chandrachoodan, were among those condoled the death.

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