Kerala cabinet mourns K M Mani’s death, says it is an irreparable loss

Thiruvananthapuram: 86-year-old Kerala Congress (M) leader K M Mani’s death was condoled by the Kerala cabinet yesterday. He was the member of the State Assembly for 54 years.

In a resolution, the cabinet said that for Kerala in general and the State assembly in particular, the death of Mani, was an irreparable loss. Mani is among a few leaders who have a place in the parliamentary history of the world as “No one in the history of Kerala Legislative Assembly can claim the record of being the member of the law making body for 54 years,” said the resolution.

Since 1965, he was elected from the Pala constituency in all assembly elections even as he changed Fronts and it shows his strong followers’ base and that the late leader had always stood firmly for the State’s interests and raised the issues being faced by the people of high range areas and farmers the cabinet added.

The former state Finance Minister has been suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) for several years and was undergoing treatment at the VPS Lakeshore hospital for pulmonary disease. He breathed his last at 4.57 pm yesterday. He is survived by his wife and six children.

NT Bureau