Veteran Communist Party of India (CPI) leader C K Chandrappan who was the secretary of its national council as well as its Kerala unit, passed away at a hospital here today.
He was 77. He is survived by his wife.
Chandrappan was the general secretary of the All India Youth Federation (AIYF) and was elected to the Lok Sabha thrice in 1971, 1977 and 2004. He was also a member of the Kerala legislative assembly for a term from Cherthala in Allapuzha district.
During his third term in Lok Sabha, he had played an important role in drafting the Forest Act, granting rights to forest dwellers on forest produce. He led the All India Kisan Sabha as its president.
Chandrappan was the youngest to be elected to the Central Executive of the CPI at its Kochi conference in 1971. He was re-elected secretary of the Kerala state council at its recent state conference.
The CPI said in a statement that it had lost a very dynamic and energetic leader. "It will create a great void in Kerala itself," it said.