Veteran Communist leader Veliyam Bhargavan died Wednesday after prolonged illness. He was 85. Bhargavan was secretary of the CPI in Kerala for four consecutive terms between 1998 and 2010,when poor health forced him to step down. Prior to that,he was the partys state assistant secretary four times in a row.
Bhargavan,known as a fiery agitator,spent almost his entire political life within the confines of the organisational structure of the CPI,except when he was elected to the assembly in 1957 and 1960.
In 1964,when the Communist Party split,Bhargavan was a member of its state council. Thereafter,he dedicated himself to building up the CPI in Kerala. He worked closely with late leaders P K Vasudevan Nair,M N Govindan Nair and T V Thomas. He had been a member of the CPIs national council since 1971,and in 1980,he became one of the architects of the Left Democratic Front.