Veteran communist leader and Nagapattinam MP Selvaraj dies

MK Stalin said Selvaraj's demise was an irreparable loss to the CPI and the people of the delta districts as well.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 13, 2024 | 11:11 AMUpdatedMay 13, 2024 | 11:11 AM

Nagapattinam MP Selvaraj

Nagapattinam MP and veteran Communist leader M Selvaraj, who led several protests in support of the delta farmers, died due to age-related problems in Chennai on Monday, 13 May, sources at a hospital said.

He was 67 and is survived by his wife Kamalavathanam and two daughters.

Popularly known as Selvarasu, the CPI leader was born in 1957 in Tiruvarur district. He was not keeping well for some months and he breathed his last in the wee hours on Monday, the sources said.

The four-time MP made a mark in the 1989 Lok Sabha elections when he won from Nagapattinam constituency. He also emerged victorious in the 1996, 1998 and 2019 general elections.

The CPI (M) in a statement, announced that the funeral of the late MP Selvaraj will be held on Tuesday, 14 May, at 10 am at Siddamalli village.

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Condolences pour in

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, who condoled the death, said Selvaraj’s demise was an irreparable loss to the CPI and the people of the delta districts as well.

CPI state secretary R Mutharasan too condoled the death.

CPI (M) Pudducherry too expressed their condoleces.

DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran took to X to express his condolences.

Madurai CPI (M) MP Su Venkateshan wrote on X, “My deepest sympathies to all those who are bereaved by the loss of a comrade who had an indelible place in the hearts of the hardworking people of Nagai district.”

The Leader of the Opposition of the state Eddapadi S Palaniswami expressed his condolences to the bereaved family of Selvaraj.

(With PTI inputs)