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Veteran CPM leader T Sivadasa Menon dies at 90 | Kerala News

Kozhikode: Veteran CPM leader and former minister T Sivadasa Menon is no more. He was 90 years old.

He was undergoing treatment at Aster MIMS Hospital in Kozhikode.

Menon’s remains will be transported to his daughter’s home in Manjeri, Malappuram district on Tuesday. The funeral will be held with state honors Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

The triple legislator was a minister twice in the Left Democratic Front governments led by EK Nayanar.

Menon represented the Malampuzha legislative constituency from 1987 to 2001.

He served as Minister for Electricity and Rural Development in the Nayanar Cabinet from 1987 to 1991. He was the Chief Opposition Whip after the LDF lost the 1991 state polls. When the LDF returned in power in 1996, he served as Minister of Finance.

As Minister of Excise, he transferred ownership of grog shops to cooperatives.

Menon’s attempt to become a member of Lok Sabha failed as he lost his contest from the seat of Palakkad.

He was also chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

Born on June 14, 1932, Menon began his career as a teacher at KTM Mannarkkad High School in Palakkad district. He then became the principal of the school.

His service to the Kerala School Teachers Association was outstanding. In fact, it was his active participation in the Left Association teachers’ organization that led to his political career.

He was a member of the CPM State Committee.

He was also a member of Kerala State Education Advisory Board, Calicut University Syndicate, General Secretary of Kerala Private Teachers’ Union and Malabar Regional Chairman of Kerala Private Teachers’ Federation.

His wife Bhavani Amma died in 2003. His two children are TK Lakshmi Devi and Kalyanikutty.