Oommen Chandy, a former chief minister of Kerala and prominent Congress figure, passed away at 4.25 am on Tuesday at Bengaluru’s Chinmaya Hospital. He was 79 years old and receiving cancer treatment.
For more than 50 years, Oommen Chandy served as the Kottayam district’s representative for the Puthupally seat. He represented Puthupally as an MLA.
When Chandy was the president of the Youth Congress in 1970, he first represented Puthupally. In 1977, he was appointed to his first cabinet position under K Karunakaran. He received two appointments as Chief Minister. He had been in charge of the state’s financial portfolio. He had also served as the opposition leader.
Chandy was a leader who made himself readily available to his followers. When he was the Chief Minister, he started the “Janasambarka paripady” initiative to address the grievances of the populace.
He had been receiving therapy for his illness in the US before continuing his care in Bengaluru.
K Sudhakaran, the president of the Kerala Congress, expressed sympathy for the deceased former chief minister.
“The story of the king who conquered the globe with the force of ‘love’ comes to a touching conclusion. I am shocked and heartbroken to learn that @Oommen_Chandy passed away today. He had a profound impact on the lives of innumerable people, and his legacy will live on in our hearts forever, Sudhakaran tweeted.
Oommen Chandy leaves behind his wife Mariamma, along with Maria, Chandy, and Achu Oommen.