DMK leader and former chief minister of Puducherry RV Janakiraman passed away in Puducherry at the age of 79. Janakiraman was undergoing treatment at a private hospital for age-related ailments. However, his condition continued to remain critical. Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Member of Parliament V. Vaithilingam visited the former Chief Minister’s residence to pay their last respects to the departed leader.
Mr. Janakiraman worked as the personal assistant of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi before being deputed to Puducherry for developing the party. Mr. Janakiraman became the Chief Minister in 1996 and represented the Nellithope Assembly constituency for five consecutive times.
The Puducherry government announced a three-day state mourning as a mark of respect for Janakiraman. Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi condoled the death of Janakiraman.