Villupuram, Jun 14:
DMK MLA Rathamani, who represented Vikravandi assembly constituency, died today following a brief illness. He was 69. According to reports, the MLA was undergoing treatment for cancer at JIPMER hospital in Puducherry. But he died without responding to the treatment.
The DMK in the Tamil Nadu Assembly is down by a number with the death of Vikravandi (Villupuram district) MLA K Rathamani. Born in Kalinjikuppam village in Villupuram district and coming from an agricultural family, Rathamani holds a master’s degree.
He was one of the senior most persons of the district in the party and held important district posts in the DMK. A bachelor, he contested the Assembly elections in 2011 and was defeated, He contested the 2016 Assembly elections and won from Vikravandi.
He had been taking treatment for cancer in Chennai and returned home recently. This morning, his health condition turned for the worse and he was rushed to JIPMER, where he died.
While leaders of the DMK are sending out condolence messages to the family of Rathamani, party president M K Stalin rushed to Puducherry to pay his last respects to the MLA.
In his condolence message, Stalin has stated that Rathamani had worked hard for the development of DMK. He had raised his voice in the assembly for the development of Vikarvandi constituency. “I convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Rathamani” he said. He paid homage to the body of the departed MLA.
With Rathamani’s death, the effective strength of the DMK in the Assembly has been brought down to 100. By-election will have to be carried out for his seat and in Nanguneri, which seat MLA Vasanthakumar resigned after being elected to Parliament as MP.
It is stated that the Vellore MP election may also be held at the same time. It was countermanded due to alleged large-scale distribution of money to voters.