Veteran DMK leader K Anbazhagan passes away at 97; nine-time MLA, Perasiriyar was party's general secretary for 43 years

Known as 'Perasiriyar' (professor) in the DMK circles, veteran DMK leader K Anbazhagan passed away at 97 in Chennai on Saturday following a brief illness

Press Trust of India March 07, 2020 20:34:09 IST
Veteran DMK leader K Anbazhagan passes away at 97; nine-time MLA, Perasiriyar was party's general secretary for 43 years
  • Veteran DMK leader K Anbazhagan passed away in Chennai due to age-related illnesses; he was 97

  • A nine-time MLA, Anbazhagan was the party's general secretary for 43 years. He had been staying away from active politics for some time due to his illness

  • Known as 'Perasiriyar' (professor) in the DMK circles, Anbazhagan had served as the Tamil Nadu finance minister and minister of public welfare as well

  • In a statement, Stalin said Anbazhagan passed away at 1 am and party flags would fly at half mast for seven days

Chennai: Veteran DMK leader K Anbazhagan passed away here on Saturday following a brief illness, the party said.

Anbazhagan (97), the senior most DMK leader and a close friend of late party patriarch M Karunanidhi, was not keeping well for some time due to age-related ailments and was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals on 24 February after his health conditions deteriorated, DMK chief MK Stalin said.

Veteran DMK leader K Anbazhagan passes away at 97 ninetime MLA Perasiriyar was partys general secretary for 43 years

File image of veteran DMK leader K Anbazhagan. News18

A nine-time MLA, Anbazhagan was the party's general secretary for 43 years. He had been staying away from active politics for some time due to his illness.

In a statement, Stalin said Anbazhagan passed away at 1 am and party flags would fly at half mast for seven days.

All the DMK programmes were postponed for a week, he added.

Stalin had visited the ailing DMK leader when he was hospitalised.

Known as "Perasiriyar" (professor) in the DMK circles, Anbazhagan had served as the Tamil Nadu finance minister and minister of public welfare.

Following the demise of Anbhazhagan, a host of leaders cutting across party lines offered their condolences to the bereaved family.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, superstar Rajinikanth, actor-politician Kamal Haasan, Congress leaders P Chidambaram, KS Alagiri, VCK leader Thirumavalavan and DMDK chief Vijayakanth were among those who expressed their condolences.

"I am deeply saddened to learn about the demise of the veteran of the Dravidian movement, former Tamil Nadu minister, scholar politician and DMK general secretary K Anbhazhagan", Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said in a tweet.

"Perasiriyar as called by his admirers was a great orator and a scholar. His widom, his ability to constantly pursue the ideology he believed in and his commitment to the cause of people inspires all," he said.

"I pay my heartfelt condolences to bereaved families members and followers. May his soul rest in peace," he tweeted.

In a statement, Palaniswami said Anbazhagan's demise was a huge loss to the state.

"I extend my deep condolences to his family members and party men in this hour of grief..." the chief minister said.

Speaking to reporters after paying homage to the departed DMK leader here, actor Rajinikanth said, "I extend my deep condolences to his family members and DMK cadres."

After his demise, Anbazhagan's body was taken to his residence in the city.

Updated Date:

also read

Anxiety in Sivakasi over Diwali norms in states as Delhi cracker ban hits peak season revenue
India

Anxiety in Sivakasi over Diwali norms in states as Delhi cracker ban hits peak season revenue

The firecracker industry is estimated to be around Rs 6,000 crore out of which Delhi National Capital Region's share is around 15 percent, that works out to Rs 900 crore

TNEA 2021: Rank list out at tneaonline.org; check steps to access it
India

TNEA 2021: Rank list out at tneaonline.org; check steps to access it

The online counselling will first be conducted for special categories that will be held between 15-24 September

Tamil Nadu governor RN Ravi steps down as interlocutor for Naga peace talks
India

Tamil Nadu governor RN Ravi steps down as interlocutor for Naga peace talks

Ravi had been holding peace negotiations with the Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM since 2014.