Congress mourns Oommen Chandy's death, Kharge hails him as visionary leader

Party president Kharge condoled Chandy's demise and paid tributes to the leader, saying he was a staunch Congressman who stood tall as a leader of the masses.
Former Kerala CM  Oommen Chandy (File | PTI)
Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy (File | PTI)

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday mourned the demise of its veteran leader Oommen Chandy, with party president Mallikarjun Kharge saying that the former Kerala chief minister, with his unwavering commitment and visionary leadership, has left an indelible mark on the state's progress and the nation's politics.

Chandy died in Bengaluru in the early hours of Tuesday, his family said.

He was 79.

"Deeply saddened by the passing of former Kerala chief minister and esteemed Congress leader Oommen Chandy," the Congress said on Twitter.

"A stalwart in politics, his contributions to Kerala's progress and development will always be remembered. A true statesman, he leaves behind a legacy that will inspire generations. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. May his soul rest in eternal peace," it said.

Party president Kharge condoled Chandy's demise and paid tributes to the leader, saying he was a staunch Congressman who stood tall as a leader of the masses.

"His unwavering commitment and visionary leadership left an indelible mark on Kerala's progress and the nation's political landscape. He will be remembered for his dedication and service to the people. Heartfelt condolences to the family and supporters," he tweeted.

Congress general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh said Chandy was an extraordinary personality and a true mass leader.

"A man of great simplicity and unfailing courtesy, he was a 24×7 politician giving everything he had to the welfare of his constituents and of the people of Kerala," he said.

Ramesh said Chandy's tenure as chief minister was notable for many achievements that were widely lauded and recognised by the United Nations as well.

"I was privileged to have known him for years and still recall our joint visits to various settlements in Attappadi 10 years ago.

" In a tweet, the Congress' Kerala unit said, "Extremely sad to bid farewell to our most beloved leader and former chief minister Shri Oommen Chandy.

One of the most popular and dynamic leaders of Kerala, Chandy sir was loved across generations and sections of the population.

" The Congress family will miss his leadership and energy, it said.

The party's Kerala unit chief K Sudhakaran also condoled the passing away of Chandy and said, "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, Oommen Chandy. He touched the lives of countless individuals and his legacy will forever resonate within our souls. RIP!" he said.

Tagging his tweet a few months ago in which he had talked about visiting Chandy in hospital and wished for his complete recovery, senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor said, "Sadly, it was not to be. The news of Oommen Chandy's passing leaves millions bereft. My heart goes out to his family at this inexpressibly sad time. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti."

Congress General Secretary in charge of organisation K C Venugopal expressed sadness over the death of Chandy.

"He was a visionary chief minister who leaves behind a rich legacy of pro-people governance. Under his towering leadership, Kerala reached great heights and he transformed the state through his reformist agenda. His passing is a big loss for the Congress party and the people of Kerala," he tweeted.

"I join our entire state in mourning the loss of our guide. My heartfelt condolences to his family and supporters," Venugopal added.

Indian Youth Congress condoled Chandy's demise and tweeted, "We mourn the loss of former Kerala CM and Congress stalwart Shri Oommen Chandy. He was a champion of development, democracy and secularism."

"He inspired generations of young leaders with his dedication and charisma. We pray for his soul and his bereaved family," the youth wing of the party said. The death of the former Kerala chief minister was announced by his son, Chandy Oommen, in a Facebook post.

"Appa has passed away", he wrote without elaborating. Chandy, who had not been keeping well for quite some time, had been staying in Bengaluru for treatment at a health facility.

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