M Chandran | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Palakkad: Former Alathur MLA and prominent CPM leader in Palakkad, M Chandran (76), passed away on Monday. He was undergoing treatment for age-related ailments at a private hospital in Ernakulam.
Chandran was a member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly from 2006 to 2016. He has served as CPM district secretary and state secretariat member.
Mourning the death. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Chandran was a prominent mass leader who played a crucial role in building the communist movement in Palakkad district.
“He demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in organising and mobilising workers from various sectors to build a proletarian revolutionary movement. Chandran was a stalwart leader who fought hard against the attack on the party in Palakkad district.
His sudden demise is a significant loss to the working-class movement and the Kerala society. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family members and party workers during this difficult time," the CM wrote.
Chandran was born July 15, 1946, in Anakkara to Krishnan M and Ammukutty KP. He entered politics through Kerala Students Federation during school days. After completing SSLC, he became taluk secretary of KSF. He was also active in the KSYF.
He served as secretary of the CPM Palakkad district committee from 1987 to 1998. He was also a member of the state secretariat for seven years and the state committee for a long period.
Throughout his career, Chandran was a passionate advocate for trade unions and served as an office bearer of various organisations. He was a member of the all India working committee of CITU.
He is survived by his wife K Komalavally and two children.