Rahul Gandhi Pays Tribute to Late Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in Kottayam on Thursday to pay tribute to the two-time Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The mortal remains of Chandy were brought to the Puthupally St. George Orthodox Church in Kottayam district, where a massive throng of people gathered ahead of his funeral.

The funeral procession of Oommen Chandy began in the morning from Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital, and proceeded to his hometown, Puthupally. The roads were lined with a massive crowd bidding farewell to the Congress veteran.

Chandy’s mortal remains were flown from Bengaluru to Thiruvananthapuram on a special flight on Tuesday afternoon. They were placed at various locations, including the Durbar Hall of the state secretariat, St. George Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, the KPCC headquarters, and his residence, to allow the public to pay their last respects.

Supporters of the late chief minister gathered at the party office in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday morning to express their tributes.

As a mark of respect to the former CM, the Kerala government declared a two-day state mourning. Political leaders from various parties, including State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, President Droupadu Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and former Congress Presidents Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, expressed their condolences and remembered Chandy’s contributions to public service.

Recalling Chandy’s political journey, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said, “Oommen Chandy entered politics through the student movement and continued to possess the same strength and energy that he had as a student leader, carrying out his functions in the same manner until the end of his life.”

PM Modi tweeted on Tuesday, “In the passing away of Shri Oommen Chandy Ji, we have lost a humble and dedicated leader who devoted his life to public service and worked towards the progress of Kerala. I recall my various interactions with him, particularly when we both served as Chief Ministers of our respective states and later when I moved to Delhi.”

Oommen Chandy served as the Chief Minister of Kerala twice and represented the Puthuppally constituency for five decades, becoming the longest-serving MLA in the State Assembly.

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