Veteran Parliamentarian Era Sezhiyan passes away
Veteran parliamentarian Era Sezhiyan died here on Tuesday following old age, sources close to the leader said.
A respected parliamentarian, 94-year-old Sezhiyan was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1962 on a DMK ticket, representing Perambalur constituency.
He later represented Kumbakonam in the fourth and fifth Lok Sabha and in 1978, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha on a Janata party ticket.
Political leaders, including Chief Minister K Palaniswami, DMK Working President M K Stalin and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, also expressed grief over the veteran leader's demise.
Palaniswami said Sezhiyan had served as an MP for over two decades and was known for his "clear and graceful" addresses in the Parliament.
"His demise is an irreparable loss to Tamil Nadu," he said in a statement.
Stalin hailed Sezhiyan's firm belief in democractic principles and recalled the latter's association with the late Jayaprakash Narayan in his struggle against Emergency.
He pointed out that Sezhiyan had compiled and edited a book called "Shah Commission Report: Lost and Regained" on Emergency.
"Sezhiyan's demise is a big loss to Tamil Nadu and Dravidian movement," he said in a statement.
Radhakrishnan expressed shock over Sezhiyan's death.
TNCC President Su.Thirunavukkarasar, MDMK leader Vaiko, PMK founder S Ramadoss and state secretaries of CPI (M) and CPI, G Ramakrishnan and R Mutharasan, condoled the death of Sezhiyan.
In his message of June 2008, Former President of India R. Venkataraman stated that Era Sezhiyan was a role model for young Members of the Parliament.