Kochi: Veteran Kerala Congress (M) leader and former minister KM Mani passed away on Tuesday evening at a private hospital in Kochi. He was 86. He was under treatment in ICU for respiratory ailments.
His health conditions which had improved earlier the day, worsened in the evening and the death occurred around 5 pm. He was the sitting MLA at Pala.
Mani was admitted to the Lakeshore hospital on Sunday due to respiratory ailments. He was taken to the hospital in a specially equipped ambulance after his condition worsened in the wee hours on Sunday. Following a detailed checkup, it was found that his kidneys were damaged and dialysis was performed. He has been suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) for 17 years and has frequently been hospitalized for chest infection.
Mani holds the records of having presented the maximum number of budgets (thirteen) in the Kerala Legislative Assembly as Finance Minister and also as the longest-serving member of Kerala Assembly. He has held various portfolios like Revenue, Law, Irrigation, Home and Finance. He holds the distinction of being the longest-serving minister in the Government of Kerala and having continuously represented Pala legislative constituency since its inception in 1964.
Mani has a political career spanning more than five decades.
Kerala Congress (M) is a key constituent of the Congress-led UDF in the state.
He is survived by his wife Kuttiyamma, son Jose K Mani (Rajya Sabha MP) and daughters Elsa, Annie, Sally, Tessy and Smitha.
The body will be taken to Pala from the hospital tomorrow morning. It will be kept for public homage at the party office in Kottayam and later at home.
His last rites will be performed on Thursday evening.