Former Congress minister P. Sankaran dies

Senior Congress leader P. Sankaran, once known as the close confident of former chief minister late K. Karunakaran, passed away in Kozhikode, party sources said.

The 72-year-old leader had been under treatment for some disease at a private hospital in the district for quite some time, they said adding he breathed his last on Tuesday night.

Sankaran is survived by wife, V. Sudha and son and daughters.

He had been chosen by Karunakaran to take on media doyan M.P Veerendrakumar from Kozhikode Lok Sabha constituency in 1998, in which he defeated the latter.

The leader won from Koyilandy assembly constituency in 2001 and became the Health-tourism minister in the A.K Antony ministry.