Former ADMK Minister passes away at the age of 72: TN CM EPS and leaders pay tribute!

Former Tamil Nadu Minister and senior ADMK leader PV Damodaran has passed away on Tuesday at the age of 72 in Coimbatore due to his age-related ailments. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and senior party leaders have been paying tribute to the deceased leader and expressing their condolences to the family of the deceased. 

According to reports, Damodaran was admitted to the hospital a month ago with the symptoms of the COVID-19 viral infection. Though he tested negative for the novel coronavirus, he was hospitalized and receiving treatment for his age-related ailments. However, despite the efforts to save him, the treating hospital said he has passed away on Tuesday due to multiple organ failure at the age of 72. 

After the news of his demise headlined, the ADMK leaders had paid tribute to Damodaran. In a joint statement, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam had recalled Damodaran's services to the party. Both the leaders had expressed their condolences to the family of the deceased minister. 

Damodaran had represented the Pongalur Assembly constituency in the Coimbatore district. He was elected to the legislative assembly from the Pongalur constituency in 2001 and he had served as the Minister for Animal Husbandry in the cabinet led by then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa during 2001-2006. 

In his political career, he has shown strong loyalty to Jayalalithaa and the late Chief Minister had felicitated him during the celebrations of ADMK's 25th anniversary. For his loyalty, Jayalalithaa had also given him the post of rural district secretary of Coimbatore. He carried the responsibility of coordinating the election work in the western district of the state. During his political career, the deceased ADMK leader had also served as the Chairman of Co-Operative Milk Producers' Union Ltd in the Coimbatore district.