Bengaluru/Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy, who served as chief minister of Kerala twice, died in Bengaluru in the early hours of Tuesday, his family said.
He was 79.
The death of the former Kerala chief minister was announced by his son, Chandy Oommen, in a Facebook post.
Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy, who served as chief minister of Kerala twice, was 79.
Chandy, who had not been keeping well for quite some time, had been staying in Bengaluru for treatment at a health facility.
Kerala Congress President K Sudhakaran condoled the death of the former Kerala Chief Minister.
“The tale of the king who triumphed over the world with the power of ‘love’ finds its poignant end. Today, I am deeply saddened by the loss of a legend, @Oommen_Chandy. He touched the lives of countless individuals, and his legacy will forever resonate within our souls,” Sudhakaran tweeted.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan expressed deep grief over the death of former CM Oommen Chandy.
“We were elected to the Legislative Assembly in the same year. It was at the same stage that we came to the political fore through student life. We led public life at the same time and it is extremely difficult to bid him farewell. Oommen Chandy was a capable administrator and a person who was closely involved in people’s lives.,” said Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
The Congress Kerala said Chandy was loved across generations and sections of the population.
“Extremely sad to bid farewell to our most beloved leader and former CM Shri. Oommen Chandy. One of the most popular and dynamic leaders of Kerala, Chandy sir was loved across generations and sections of the population. The Congress family will miss his leadership and energy,” the Congress Kerala tweeted.