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CPI leader Chitharanjan dead

india Updated: Jun 14, 2008 13:23 IST

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Veteran CPI leader J Chitharanjan died at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram late on Friday night, party sources said on Saturday.

He was 81 and is survived by wife and three children.

A former president of CPI's Trade Union wing AITUC, Chitharanjan had a stint as Minister in the state and was a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Chithranjan entered politics as a student leader in 1940s and played a key role in forming the pro-Left Travancore Students Union.

On joining Communist Party in 1944, he was assigned to organise workers in Kollam, which was then a flourishing industrial town with a number of cashew and marine product factories.

He later built unions in other sectors like transport, electricity and manufacturing industries.

A gifted Parliamentarian, he was elected to Kerala Assembly in 1977, 1980 and 1987 from Chathannur and Punalur segments in Kollam, his home district. He was a member of Rajya Sabha from 1997 to 2003.

He had served in central secretariat of the CPI and Chairman of the party's control commission.

Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, CPI state secretary Veliyam Bhargabvan and leaders of various parties condoled his death.