Veteran Kerala politician and Kerala Congress (M) chairman K M Mani passed away in Kochi, today. He breathed his last at 4:57 pm, doctors at a private hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for the last several weeks, said. The octogenarian was under treatment for chest infection.
Mani, 86, held the record for presenting 13 Kerala budgets. He has never lost an election in the state Assembly since his first win from Pala in 1965. Mani’s Kerala Congress (M) is a key ally in the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala.
Mani had frequently been hospitalised for chest infections in the recent past. He was being kept under close medical supervision from quite some time. In fact, visitors’ access to him was restricted so as to avoid spreading of further infection.
The veteran politician had been leading the Kerala Congress (M) or KC(M) since its inception in 1979 after it split from the Kerala Congress. Mani held several portfolios during his lifetime. He was the Finance Minister four times and the Law Minister seven times. He also held portfolios of revenue, home and irrigation.
He was not able to campaign in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections due to his deteriorating health condition. Mani was rushed to a private hospital here last Friday following a lung ailment. He had been suffering from severe asthma treatment.