Thousands pay homage to Veliyam
Posted on: 18 Sep 2013
Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran CPI leader Veliyam Bhargavan who died on Wednesday, will be laid to rest on Thursday evening at Thycaud Shanti kavadam. Supporters and followers are flocking the capital city to pay their last respects to their dear `Asan'.
The body was laid for public homage at theCPI State Council Office MN Smarakam. Home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan reached M N Smarakam in the morning to pay his last respects. The body was taken for public homage from his residence in Pattam in the morning. The body will at MN Smarakam till afternoon and by 4 pm will be laid to rest with official honours.
Bhargavan (85) had been keeping indifferent health for quite some time and the end came at a city hospital where he
was admitted a few days back following respiratory troubles, party sources said.
Veliyam Bhargavan's body will be kept for public homage at CPI state committee office, Thycaud in the evening. Cremation is likely to take place on Thursday.
He was a member of the CPI national council since 1971 and had served as the party's state secretary from 1998 to
2010, before stepping down from the post citing poor health. Known for his unsullied record, Bhargavan had chosen to
remain on the organisational front during most of his decades long public life.
Though an architect of the present LDF, Bhargavan was a tough negotiator within the front to secure the interests of
Bhargavan who plunged into politics at a young age and displayed exemplary skills as organiser of workers, suffered
physical torture for leading struggles of transport workers.
He was elected to the state assembly in 1957 and 60, after which he kept himself off electoral scene, concentrating
entirely on the organisational front d
espite pressures from within the party to contest polls.
'His death is not just a loss to the party but for the whole of Kerala where he distinguished himself on account of
his qualities as an astute and selfless politician of unflinching ideological commitment and determination,' CPI
leader and Rajya Sabha member M P Achuthan said.
Defence Minister A K Antony, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, CPI(M) stalwart V S Achuthanandan and BJP leader O
Rajagopal also expressed deep sorrow at the death of Bhargavan. PTI