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Veteran Catholic politician K.M. Mani dead

Mani's party is the biggest ally of the Congress in the United Democratic Front.

 
Kochi: 

Veteran Kerala politician and Catholic K.M. Mani, who never lost any Assembly election since 1967, died on Tuesday evening at a private hospital here, doctors said.

The 86-year-old was undergoing treatment for a lung ailment-- Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease.

He was admitted to Lakeshore Hospital in Ernakulam last week. The end came April 9 evening.

Mani's party is the biggest ally of the Congress in the United Democratic Front.

Karingozhakkal Mani Mani, better known as K. M. Mani, was born in Palai diocesan area on Jan. 30, 1933.

He led Kerala Congress (M), one of the main factions of Kerala Congress, a party born in central and south Kerala to protect the interest of state's Christian farmers.

Mani presented a record number of 13 budgets in state legislature as Finance Minister. He was also as the longest-serving member of Kerala Assembly.

He holds the distinction of being the longest-serving minister in Kerala and having continuously represented Pala legislative constituency since its inception in 1964.

Based on Kerala High court's comments on Mani's involvement in Kerala Bar license scam and bribery case, he had to resign from the post of Finance minister of Kerala on 10 November 2015.

Mani began his career as a lawyer before but soon joined Indian National Congress and as the Kottayam District Congress Committee Secretary from 1960 till 1964.

IANS

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