Ex-MLA B Ragavan no more

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (PTI) Senior CPI(M) leader and former MLA, B Raghavan, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19, died early morning on Tuesday, party sources said.

He was 69.

A member of the CPI(M) state committee, Ragavan and his family members were admitted to the Parippally Medical College in Kollam district some days ago.

He was later shifted to the government medical college hospital here after his health condition got worsened due to pneumonia and breathed his last by 4.45 am, they said.

One of the most prominent Left leaders from southern Kollam district, Raghavan was first elected to the state Assembly in the year 1987 from Neduvathoor constituency.

After elected again in 1991, he had suffered a defeat in the 1996 polls but succeeded to make an entry into the Assembly again in the year 2006.

He also served as the state treasurer of the Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union (KSKTU) during his decades-long political life.

Raghavan was survived by wife Renuka and two children.

Condoling his death, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 'Raghavan was a fighter who worked tirelessly for the upiftment of the downtrodden'. PTI LGK ROH ROH