Tiruchirapalli, May 21 UNI | 2 months ago

Senior leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), former member of party's polite bureau and the party's Central Committee Member R Umanath died at private hospital here today. He was 91.

His wife, former MLA Pappa Umanath, had passed few years ago.

He is survived by two daughters- Vasuki, party's Central Committee member and Nirmala Rani, a practising advocate at Tiruchirapalli.

Umanath was born in 1921 at Kasarcode in Kerala. Since 1940, he was an full-fledged and devoted party worker.

He served nine years and six months jail term during the British rule under the charges of hatching a conspiracy to topple the British rule through violence. Thereafter, he led several agitations for the cause of working class and farm workers.

He visited several countries, including USSR, China, Bulgaria, Australia and Yugoslavakia among others.

He represented Pudukkottai in the Lok Sabha twice from 1962-1967 and 1967 to 1970. He also represented Nagapattinam in the state assembly twice- from 1977 to 80 and 1980 to 1984.

Party's state secretary G Ramakrishnan, party's Rajya Sabha member T K Rangarajan adn CITU leader Soundirarajan MLA and other leaders of the party and also various leaders of other political parties paid their tribute to departed leader R Umanath, today.

The funeral of Late Umanath will take place tomorrow, party sources told UNI.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)