Veteran communist leader and state secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), Kanam Rajendran, passed away following a sudden cardiac arrest at Amrita hospital in Kerala’s Kochi on Friday. He was 73.
Rajendran was a powerful member of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by CPIM in Kerala.
Admitted to the hospital on October 25 with various health issues, including an unhealed leg wound, he underwent the amputation of his left foot due to infection caused by diabetes. Hospital sources reported additional cardiac problems. Despite progressing in his recovery, he experienced a sudden cardiac arrest on Friday evening, leading to an urgent transfer to the critical care unit. He was declared dead at 5.30 p.m.
Rajendran was serving as the CPI secretary since 2015. He was on a three-month leave from the party on health grounds and was missing from the political scene of late.
Kanam was born in Koottickal in Kottayam district on November 10, 1950. He joined politics through All India Youth Federation(AIYF), the youth outfit of the CPI. He became the AIYF secretary in 1969 at the age of 19. Two years later he came a member of CPI.