Former Kerala minister Thomas Chandy passed away on Wednesday at the age of 72 in Kochi which is his hometown. Chandy was the chief of the state unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). He had been undergoing cancer treatment for some time.
The businessman-turned-politician represents Kuttanad Assembly constituency in Alappuzha district. Chandy, who started his political career as a Congress worker, became active in social activism with his works for the Daveedputhra Charitable Trust.
In 2006, he was elected to the assembly from Kuttanad as a candidate of the K Karunakaran-led Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran). Chandy has been elected from Kuttanad thrice since his maiden win in 2006.
Chandy became part of the NCP after the merger of the now-defunct DIC with Sharad Pawar’s party.
Condoling the death of Chandy, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the NCP leader had made some crucial interventions for implementing the Kuttanad package.