All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Member of Parliament from Villupuram, S Rajendran passed away Saturday in a road accident, media reports said. Rajendran's car hit a road divider near Tindivanam, in Villupuram district, at around 5 am on Saturday.
The News Minute reported that Rajendran (62) was on his way back from a dinner party hosted by Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S Ramadoss at Thailapuram. According to the report, the impact of the collision was such that the car turned turtle, and Rajendran died on the spot. His driver and two others critically were injured.
"Two others who were with the MP — his driver and a relative who assisted him in his work- were taken to a local hospital and then shifted to Government Medical College Hospital at Mundiyampakkam (Villupuram district)," a police official told PTI.
According to preliminary enquiries, the accident occurred after the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a road median at Tindivanam and the investigation was underway.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Palaniswami condoled Rajendran's death and said he was anguished to learn about it.
He lauded Rajendran for his efficient work as an MP, long service to the people and for his commitment to the AIADMK's principles.
"Rajendran has been in public life for a long time and worked for the people's welfare. He was affable and held many responsibilities in the party. His death is a huge loss for the AIADMK and the people," he said in a statement in Chennai.
Palaniswami conveyed his condolences to Rajendran's family members, party colleagues and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
Rajendran, a graduate from the University of Madras with a Bachelor's degree in Tamil Literature, was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014 from Villupuram.
After being elected into the House, he served as a member of the Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Feb 23, 2019 13:42:13 IST