Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy dies at 79 in the early hours of Tuesday. According to reports, the senior Congress politician passed away at 4:25 am in a private hospital in Bengaluru while undergoing cancer treatment. A public holiday and two days of mourning have been declared on Tuesday by the Kerala government as a tribute to the late chief minister.
Many political leaders have expressed their condolences in response to Chandy’s passing. While Congress general secretary KC Venugopal paid a visit to the Chinmaya Mission Hospital in Bengaluru, where the former Chief Minister passed away this morning, senior Congress figures like Mallikarjun Kharge, Priyanka Gandhi, and Shashi Tharoor expressed their condolences.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences for the loss of the former chief minister of Kerala, writing, “In the passing of Shri Oommen Chandy Ji, we have lost a modest and committed man who devoted his life to public service and worked towards the prosperity of Kerala. I remember our interactions over the years, especially when we were both the Chief Ministers of our respective states and then subsequently when I arrived to Delhi. In this heartbreaking hour, my thoughts are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace, his soul.”
In the passing away of Shri Oommen Chandy Ji, we have lost a humble and dedicated leader who devoted his life to public service and worked towards the progress of Kerala. I recall my various interactions with him, particularly when we both served as Chief Ministers of our… pic.twitter.com/S6rd22T24j— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 18, 2023
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge expressed tribute to Chandy on Twitter, writing, “My humble tribute to the stalwart Oommen Chandy, Former Kerala Chief Minister and a committed Congress man who stood strong as a leader of the public. The advancement of Kerala and the political climate of the country were forever changed by his steadfast dedication and innovative leadership. He will be cherished for his commitment to and assistance to the populace. Sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.”
My humble tribute to the stalwart Oommen Chandy, Former Kerala Chief Minister and a staunch Congress man 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.…— Mallikarjun Kharge (@kharge) July 18, 2023
Deepest condolences to the family of Shri. Oommen Chandy, wrote Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a tweet about Chandy’s passing. He was a stalwart of the Congress party and a leader who lived his life in service to others and the ideals for which we are currently fighting. We will all miss his sage advice and remember him with great regard.
Deepest condolences to the family of Shri. Oommen Chandy. He was a pillar of the Congress party, a leader who dedicated his life to service and was deeply committed to the values we are fighting for today.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 18, 2023
We will all remember him with great respect and miss his wise counsel.
Rahul Gandhi, a former leader of the Congress, too paid respect to Chandy, tweeting, “Oommen Chandy ji was an exceptional grassroots Congress leader. His lifelong dedication to the people of Kerala will be remembered. He will be sorely missed. Love and sympathy to all of his family members.
Oommen Chandy ji was an exemplary grassroots Congress leader. He will be remembered for his lifelong service to the people of Kerala.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 18, 2023
We will miss him dearly. Much love and condolences to all his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/QL8pGJrXwW
Shashi Tharoor, a senior member of the Congress and a member of the Keralan parliament, paid respect to Chandy by writing on Twitter, “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” “Om Shanti Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore!”
Through its official Twitter account, the Congress party also sent Chandy a poignant greeting, writing, “Deeply saddened by the loss of former Kerala CM and revered Congress leader, Oommen Chandy. His contributions to Kerala’s advancement and development will always be recognised. He was a political stalwart. He is a real statesman who leaves a lasting legacy that will motivate future generations. We send our sincere sympathies to his family and friends during this trying time. May his soul rest in peace forever.
Deeply saddened by the passing of former Kerala CM and esteemed Congress leader, Oommen Chandy.— Congress (@INCIndia) July 18, 2023
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.… pic.twitter.com/i54AdIhwJZ
Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, too expressed his sorrow on Twitter, writing, “Deeply affected by the passing of former Kerala CM Shri Oommen Chandy ji. My sincere sympathies to the family of the deceased.
Deeply pained by the demise of former Kerala CM Shri Oommen Chandy ji.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) July 18, 2023
My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. pic.twitter.com/gjX3fpzYHl
On Twitter, former Congress politician Kapil Sibal expressed his sorrow over the passing of a “dear friend,” writing, “Oommen Chandy passes away.” He was deeply ingrained in the culture of the Congress and always put the needs of the people, particularly the underprivileged and marginalised, first. He dedicated his life to serving the people and the Congress.a straightforward remarkable person. I recently lost a close buddy.”
Oommen Chandy passes away— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) July 18, 2023
Seeped in Congress culture both as CM and otherwise he served the people always in their midst especially the poor and the marginalised
He lived his life for the Congress and the people
A simple extraordinary human being
I have lost a dear friend
Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister of Kerala, also bade Chandy farewell, saying, “We were elected to the Legislative Assembly in the same year. We first became politically prominent through student life at the same time. It is quite difficult to say goodbye to him because we both lived public lives at the same time. Oommen Chandy was an effective manager and a person who took an active interest in other people’s lives.”
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