Oommen Chandy, a prominent Congressman and former chief minister of Kerala, dies at 79.

Kerala Congress president K Sudhakaran tweeted on Tuesday that Congress veteran Oommen Chandy had passed away.

 

The senior Congress leader, who was undergoing cancer treatment, passed away early on July 18 in a hospital in Bengaluru at the age of 79.

K Sudhakaran, president of Kerala Congress, and his family both made the announcement on Tuesday.

His son, Chandy Oommen, posted on Facebook to confirm the former chief minister of Kerala’s passing. Oommen simply stated on his Facebook page, “Appa has passed away.”

Oommen Chandy held the position of chief minister of Kerala twice, from 2004 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2016.

For more than 50 years, Oommen Chandy served as the Kottayam district’s representative for the Puthupally constituency. He represented Puthupally as an MLA.

 

Chandy had a long career in politics. He held the position of Minister of Labor in the K. Karunakaran Ministry in 1977 and the A.K. Antony Ministry in the succeeding cabinet. From December 1981 to March 1982, he served as the Home Minister in the K. Karunakaran administration. In the 1991 UDF ministry, he also held the Finance portfolio.

 

In 1965, he was appointed State general secretary of the KSU, and in 1967. In addition to being active in the INTUC, the Congress-backed trade union, he was elected president of the Youth Congress in 1970. He served as the UDF’s convener from 1982 to 1986 and from 2001 to 2004. Following A.K. Antony’s resignation as Chief Minister in 2004, Chandy was appointed to the position. In 2011, he was elected CM a second time. He also served as opposition leader from 2006 to 2011.

 

K Sudhakaran, the president of Kerala Congress tweeted,

“The tale of the king who triumphed over the world with the power of ‘love’ finds its poignant end. Today, I am deeply saddened by the loss of a legend. He touched the lives of countless individuals, and his legacy will forever resonate within our souls. RIP!”