PALAKKAD: The former Health Minister and founder of the Kerala Karshaka Thozhilali Party B. Wellingdon passed away at a private hospital in Alathur near here at 7.35 a.m. on Wednesday. He was 78.
His brother's son Manilal and wife were beside him when the end came.
He was brought to the hospital on April 17 in a paralysed condition and had remained bed-ridden for the last four months due to cancer.
The firebrand politician was Health Minister in the Government led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) veteran E.M.S. Namboodiripad from 1967 to 1969.
He was elected to the Assembly from Kalpetta in 1965 and 1967 and from Palluruthy in 1970.
His body was taken to his native place at Kavanad in Kollam on Wednesday evening.
The cremation will take place at Holy Family Church at Kavanad on Saturday evening.
The body will be kept for the public to pay their last respects at Amrithakulam Thoppil House at Mundakkal, Kollam, on Friday.
On Saturday it will be kept at his ancestral Thamarassery House at Kavanad in Kollam where he was born on October 6, 1928.
Our Special Correspondent writes from Thiruvananthapuram
Speaker Therambil Ramakrishnan, leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala have condoled the death of Mr. Wellingdon.
In a condolence message here on Wednesday, Mr. Ramakrishnan said Mr. Wellingdon had distinguished himself as a social revolutionary, administrator and thinker.
In his message, Mr. Achuthanandan recalled that Mr. Wellingdon had earned a name for himself as Health Minister in the 1967 EMS Ministry.
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