Tamil Maanila Congress vice-president Gnanadesikan passes away at 71

Chennai - Veteran Indian leader was expected to be discharged from the hospital.


Published: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 5:16 PM

Last updated: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 5:18 PM

Senior Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) leader and former Member of Parliament B.S. Gnanadesikan died at a private hospital in Chennai on Friday.

The 71-year-old Gnanadesikan was admitted to Apollo Hospital in November 2020 after he complained of chest pain, he then tested positive for Covid-19. He was expected to be discharged from the hospital in a few days, but suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Thursday and was under intensive care treatment until his death on Friday.

Gnanadesikan, a supporter of late Congress leader and founder of the TMC G.K. Moopanar, was a former head of the Tamil Nadu Congress.

An advocate by profession, Gnanadesikan followed Moopanar in quitting the Congress party and formed the TMC in 1996.

Moopanar's son and former Union Minister G.K. Vasan led the TMC following the former's death in 2002. Later the TMC merged with the Congress.

After being expelled from the Congress in 2014, Vasan revived the TMC and Gnanadesikan rejoined the party.

Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, DMK President M.K. Stalin, Vasan and others condoled Gnanadesikan's death.

According to Vasan, the death of Gnanadesikan is a great loss for the party.

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