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Maragatham dead

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, OCT. 26. The former Union Minister and five-time Lok Sabha member, Ms. Maragatham Chandrasekar, passed away in a city hospital here this evening. She was 84.

She started her political career in 1952 as Deputy Minister for Health in Nehru's Ministry. She had served in the Ministries of Sastri, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. She was last elected from Sriperumbudur in 1991, and it was there that the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, was assassinated while addressing her election rally on May 21.

Apart from serving the AICC as its general secretary, she was also Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president for a brief period during the eighties. She was a Rajya Sabha member for three terms, before reverting back to the Lok Sabha in 1984.

She is survived by a son, Mr. Lalit Chandrasekar, and daughter, Ms. Latha Priyakumar.

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