CPI Condoles Demise of Com P. Sethuraman
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued today (on May 19, 2021) the following statement condoling the demise of party national council member Com P. Sethuraman:
Com. P. Sethuraman, National council member of the CPI and the Tamil Nadu state executive committee member passed away at about 8:00pm on May 18, 2021. He was infected by Covid-19 and got treatment in a private hospital for 5 days. When it turned critical he was taken to the government hospital, unfortunately he breathed his last on the way itself.
Com P. Sethuraman came from a patriotic Congress family. He, son of Pitchai and Lakshmi Ammal was born on January 7, 1956. His mother is alive and is also admitted to the hospital due to Covid-19. His village Achampattu, is very near to Madurai. His father was a farmer. He studied and graduated from Vellaichamy Nadar College. He got acquainted to the party from his college days and joined it in 1975.
After leaving his college, he became active in AIYF and soon elected its Madurai district secretary. He played a big role in conducting the state youth convention in 1979 against unemployment at Madurai in which Com PK Vasudevan Nair, then Chief Minister of Kerala and Com D. Raja, then state secretary of AIYF addressed.
The convention decided to take out two Padayatras one from Kanyakumari and other from Coimbatore towards state capital Chennai demanding Tamil Nadu State Government to 'Give Employment or Pay Unemployment Allowance'. The March started on February 2nd and reached Chennai on March 23, 1979. Com P. Sethuraman participated in the team from Kanyakumari, which was led by Com D Raja.
He picketed Madurai Coats Mills in Madurai, in solidarity with a textile workers strike and was imprisoned for 54 days. He also led many youth and party struggles and imprisoned several times.
In 1988 due to organisational issues, the state party liquidated the Madurai district committee of the party, and nominated an organising committee. Com P. Sethuraman was given charge as it's convener. He worked hard and rebuilt the party. Then he was elected as district secretary of the party and continued the post for more than 25 years before he was moved to the state centre.
He was instrumental in conducting three state conferences one by one in that crucial time, the AIYF, the CPI and the AITUC at Madurai. He worked shoulder to shoulder with veterans like comrade P. Manickam, KTK Thangamani, S. Ramakrishnan, D. Pandian, A. Venkatasamy, A. Srinivasan, K. Chellaiah, P.T. Narayanan, G. Mangala Swami, SP Andi, V. Madanagopal and A Ganapathi. He was quite popular among other party leaders also.
He was elected to the state executive committee of the party in 1989, to the state secretariat in 2008 and to the National Council in 2012. He was given charge of the state headquarters of the party in 2008 and then the party daily 'Janasakthi'. He was also given charge of the party education department and he conducted numerous party education camps for different levels of leadership. He was a participant in the party delegation to China.
The state party decided to conduct a political conference in Madurai before this state assembly election and it was conducted on 18th February 2021.
Com P. Sethuraman played an important role for the success of the conference.
His wife Bhanumathi and his aged mother Lakshmi Ammal are also getting treatment for Covid-19 in Madurai.
His son Bhupesh Dadan is a Marine engineer and daughter Lakshmi Priya is an IT employee. He has two sisters Theertham and Krishnaveni and both of them are married.
The party state secretary com R Mutharasan and party leaders attended his funeral.
As soon as the news reached national party headquarters Party general secretary D Raja contacted the Party’s Tamil Nadu state secretary and conveyed the party’s and his personal condolences. He also spoke to his family members.
The party flag at Ajoy Bhavan was kept at half-mast as a mark of respect to the departed leader.