Former Kerala Finance Minister Passes Away

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New Delhi : Former Kerala finance minister V Viswanatha Menon passed away at a private hospital here Friday, his family said.

He was 92.

He is survived by his wife and two sons.

He had been undergoing treatment at the hospital here for age-related ailments.

Menon, a former Communist leader, served as the Finance Minister in the CPI(M)-led LDF government headed by E K Nayanar in 1987.

He had also served as Member of Parliament twice.

Menon entered politics during his student life at the age of 13.

As a student, he fought against the British rule.

Earning the wrath of the authorities, he was suspended from Sri Rama Varma High School.

Later in 1947, he expelled from Maharajas College, Ernakulam, for protesting against the call to hoist Kochi royal’s flag along with the Indian flag.

Menon also served a three-year jail term for various political reasons including the Edapally police station attack case in 1950.

He went underground for more than two years after the police station attack which hadleft two policemen dead, sparking off brutal police action across central Kerala.

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