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M.P. Subramaniam dead

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, APRIL 11. M.P. Subramaniam, former president of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee, died in a private hospital here today after a brief illness. He was 80. He is survived by five sons and three daughters.

Mr. Subramaniam, who joined the Congress along with the late E.V.K. Sampath in the 1960s, was a member of the Tamil Nadu Assembly representing Attur constituency in Salem district for two terms.

While he was elected as an independent candidate in 1952, in 1957 he won on a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ticket. He was the TNCC president from 1980 to 1983 and the Opposition leader of the Legislative council from 1984 till it was dissolved in 1986 by the then All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government.

When the late Sivaji Ganesan floated his own political party Tamizhaga Munnetra Munnani in 1989 after quitting the Congress, Mr. Subramaniam joined him and served as the working president till he returned to the Congress. He contested unsuccessfully from the South Chennai Parliamentary constituency in 1998.

His body will be taken to his native village, Panamandal in Salem district for the final rites.

The State unit of the party will observe three days mourning and the party flags will fly half mast. However, the Vedaranyam salt march, beginning in Tiruchi on April 13, will be conducted as per schedule but the function will be a low-key affair, according to a TNCC release.

The TNCC president, G.K. Vasan, in his condolence message said the death of Mr. Subramaniam was a loss to the party. He had been a pillar of strength to the party.

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