Former finance minister V Viswanatha Menon passes away
Kochi: CPM leader and former finance minister V. Viswanatha Menon passed away on Friday at 8.30 am. He was 92. He was under treatment for age-related ailments in a private hospital in Kochi.
He was one of the pioneering leaders of the undivided Communist party and has served as finance minister in E. K. Nayanar-led cabinet in 1987. Viswanathan was active in politics since his school days.
He was a senior leader of CPM in Ernakulam and was elected as MP twice. He also had some disagreement with the party for a while and even contested as BJP rebel against CPM candidate in Ernakulam Lok Sabha bypolls in 2003.
He was elected as MLA from Tripunithura constituency and became finance minister in E. K. Nayanar cabinet. In 1967, he was elected as MP from Ernakulam representing CPM. In 1974, he became a member of the Rajya Sabha.
He is survived by his wife K. Prabhavathi Menon and sons Adv. V. Ajith Narayanan and Dr. V. Madhavachandran.