Congress leader from Kerala and former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Prayar Gopalakrishnan died on Saturday at a nearby hospital. He was 72.
Sources close to the party said the former legislator was admitted to a hospital while he was on his way to Thiruvananthapuram after he felt uneasy.
Prayar Gopalakrishnan was the president of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) which is the apex body of temples in the state. He had also functioned as the chairman of the state-run milk cooperative society Milma for a long period.
Meanwhile, political leaders including Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala condoled the demise of Prayar Gopalakrishnan.
In his condolence message, Pinarayi Vijayan said Prayar Gopalakrishnan had led Milma and the TDB for a long period.
“His death is a huge loss to the Congress party. It was Gopalakrishnan who made Milma one of the proudest institutions in the cooperative sector of the state,” Ramesh Chennithala said in his message.
Ministers V Sivankutty and J Chinjurani also condoled the demise of Prayar Gopalakrishnan.
Prayar Gopalakrishnan had represented Chadayamangalam constituency in 2001.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)