By SM.29 May, 2020
NEW DELHI: Mathrubhumi Group Managing Director MP Veerendra Kumar, Rajya Sabha member and a former union minister, died on Thursday following a cardiac arrest in Kozhikode last night.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind condoled the demise of Rajya Sabha MP and veteran political leader M P Veerendra Kumar. The president took to twitter to express condolence. He said that it is sad to hear of the passing of M P Veerendra Kumar, Rajya Sabha MP and former Union Minister.
"A staunch socialist, he enriched the field of journalism and literature by leading the influential Malayalam newspaper, Mathrubhumi. Condolences to his family and well-wishers," the president tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed anguish at the death of MP Veerendra Kumar, saying he believed in giving a voice to the poor and the underprivileged.
"Anguished by the passing away of Rajya Sabha MP Shri M.P. Veerendra Kumar Ji. He distinguished himself as an effective legislator and Parliamentarian," PM Modi wrote on Twitter.
"Veerendra Kumar believed in giving a voice to the poor and the underprivileged. Condolences to his family and well wishers. Om Shanti," the Prime Minister added.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also condoled Veerendra Kumar"s death, saying, "I am sorry to hear about the passing away of author & Managing Director of the Mathrubhumi Group, MP Veerendra Kumar Ji. My condolences to his family, colleagues & friends in this time of grief."
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called Veerendra Kumar"s death "a big loss to democratic and secular movements."
Veerendra Kumar had made "valuable" contributions to the media industry with his uncompromising stand on freedom of press, the Chief Minister said, paying rich tributes.
"Until his last breath, he relentlessly fought communalism and divisive politics. Even as he championed development. Veerendra Kumar was a front-line environmentalist as well. I share this moment of deep grief with his relatives and colleagues," Vijayan wrote in a Facebook post.
Noting that he knew Veerendra Kumar personally for decades, Vijayan remembered how the two had fought together during the Emergency and maintained that relationship even after they had deviated in their political beliefs for a brief while.
"His contributions to our social and cultural spheres had been invaluable," Vijayan further said.
"He had given insightful inputs at a recent joint meeting of MLAs and MPs on tackling the COVID-19 situation in the state," the Chief Minister said.
"With his uncompromising stand for the freedom of the press, he also made valuable contributions to the media industry. A talented writer and orator, he deeply analysed every issue that came his way," Vijayan said.
A two-time union minister and a former Kerala MLA, Veerendra Kumar was the recipient of the of the Kendra Sahitya Academy award for his travelogue Haimavathabhoovil.