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Kerala: CPM stalwart P Govinda Pillai is dead

Kerala: CPM stalwart P Govinda Pillai is dead

The soft spoken ideologue of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, died in a private hospital late on Thursday.

Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran CPM leader P Govinda Pillai passed away in a hospital here after age-related health problems, his family said on Friday. He was 86. Pillai, popularly known as PG, had been admitted to hospital about a week ago. The soft spoken ideologue of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, died in a private hospital late on Thursday.

A voracious reader, a popular orator and a very strong writer, PG had to face the wrath of his party on more than one occasion. He was demoted on breach of discipline when he criticised party leader E.M.S. Namboodiripad. He is survived by his wife and two children, who are journalists.

PG began his political career as a Congress worker and joined the Communist Party of India in 1945. He moved to the CPM when the party split. PG represented the Perumbavoor district in the first and third Kerala Assembly. Prior to that, he was a member of the Travancore legislative assembly in 1952-53.

PG'S body will be brought to the party headquarters here and kept at the VJT Hall for the public to pay homage. The body would be consigned to flames at 4 p.m. with full state honours at the electric crematorium here.

first published:November 23, 2012, 10:21 IST