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Former Congress minister P Sankaran passes away at 72


Kozhikode, Feb 26: Senior Congress leader P Sankaran, once known as the close confident of former chief minister late K Karunakaran, passed away here, party sources said.

The 72-year-old leader had been under treatment for some disease at a private hospital in the district for quite some time, they said adding he breathed his last on Tuesday night.

Former Congress minister P Sankaran passes away at 72

Sankaran is survived by wife, V Sudha and son and daughters. Known for his polite behaviour and down-to-earth nature, Sankaran had served as the president of the District Congress Committee (DCC) and the general secretary of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Commiitte (KPCC) for 10 years.

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    He had been chosen by Karunakaran to take on media doyan M P Veerendrakumar from Kozhikode Lok Sabha constituency in 1998, in which he defeated the latter.

    The leader won from Koyilandy assembly constituency in 2001 and became the health-tourism minister in the A K Antony ministry. When Karunakaran left the Congress to form a new party in 2005, Sankaran, his staunch loyalist, also quit as legislator.

    He retured to the grand-old-party when the veteran rejoined it later. Cutting across politics, a host of leaders including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of the leader.

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