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Kanam Rajendran passes away at 73: Famous communist leader dies due to diabetes

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The state secretary of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) and influential political figure, Kanam Rajendran, passed away at the age of 73 in a private hospital in Kochi. Rajendran, who held a strong grip over the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala, had been away from active politics for more than three months due to a series of health complications, including heart and kidney-related issues, and diabetes.

“The news of Kanam Rajendran’s demise arrived at a poignant moment, coinciding with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and fellow ministers actively participating in the Nava Kerala outreach program. After concluding their scheduled activities, the Chief Minister and his cabinet members made their way to the hospital to pay their respects to the departed leader”.

Early Life and Career:

Kanam Rajendran, born on November 10, 1950, in Koottikkal village of Kerala’s Kottayam district, embarked on his political journey at the age of 18 during his education in Vazhoor. Rapidly ascending the political ranks, Rajendran became the state secretary of the CPI’s youth wing, All India Youth Front (AIYF), at the young age of 23. Two years later, at 25, he became one of the youngest members of the CPI’s state secretariat.

In his political career, Kanam Rajendran played a pivotal role in the trade union domain. Serving as the state secretary of the Kerala State Trade Union Council and the national vice president of the trade union organization AITUC, he championed the cause of workers’ rights.

Elected Twice from Vazhoor Constituency:

Kanam Rajendran’s political prowess extended to electoral victories, as he successfully contested elections from the Vazhoor constituency in Kerala, representing its people in 1982 and 1987. His tenure was marked by the introduction of the crucial construction workers’ welfare bill, showcasing his commitment to social welfare and labor rights.

“While he didn’t secure re-election to the Kerala Assembly, Rajendran continued to wield influence within the party. He held the distinction of being regarded as the most powerful figure in the CPI (M) after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan”.

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