Veteran Communist leader and former State secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) Veliyam Bhargavan died here on Wednesday. He was 85, and is survived by his wife and daughter.
For many, Veliyam Bhargavan aka ‘Asan’ was the definitive old-school communist leader – perceptive, strong-willed and outspoken.
Veliyam, a serene village near Kottarakkara, is known to the outside world after Bhargavan. Born at Veliyam on May 5, 1928, Bhargavan went on to become a towering figure in state politics much to the amusement of his relatives and friends.
Bhargavan, who was undergoing treatment at the Medical College hospital following respiratory illness, suffered a cardiac arrest in the morning. Bhargavan was secretary of the CPI in Kerala for four consecutive terms between 1998 and 2010.
CPI leader and Rajya Sabha member, said. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Defence Minister A K Antony, and the leader of opposition V S Achuthanandan also expressed deep sorrow over the death of Comrade
Veliyam Bhargavan, veteran CPI leader, is to be cremated today at 4 pm with all official honours at Shanthi Kavadam in Thiruvananthapuram