Veteran Tamil politician Era Sezhiyan no more

Veteran Tamil politician Era Sezhiyan no more

Veteran politician and former Parliamentarian Era Sezhiyan passed away this morning after brief illness. He was 95.

Born on 28 April 1923 at Thirukkannapuram, Thanjavur District of Madras Province (present Tamil Nadu). After graduation Sezhiyan and his elder brother Nedunzhiyan both were attracted towards the leader C. N. Annadurai (fondly called “Anna”) who founded in 1949 the political party DMK.

Anna made Sezhiyan as a candidate in the 1962 General Election in the Perambalur Constituency of Trichy District and got him elected to the House of the People (Lok Sabha).

On a constitutional issue, he won his case in 1974 in Madras High Court against the Union Government.

As Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (1971-73), he presented a record number of 96 Reports to Parliament.

Jaiprakash Narayan regarded Sezhiyan as a finest if not, the best Parliamentarian of the times and included him in the National Coordination Committee which formed the base of Jan Morcha along with senior leaders in the opposition against the undemocratic 1975-77 Emergency.

Evading the arrest warrant of the Delhi Police, Sezhiyan became the focal point of the Opposition.

In 1978, at the request of Prime Minister of Moraji Desai, Tamilnadu Chief Minister M G Ramachandran (MGR) supported with the strength of AIADMK in the Assembly to sent Sezhiyan to the Council of the States (Rajya Sabha).

In 2001, Era Sezhiyan retired from active party politics, but continuous to write articles in leading English and Tamil dailies and journals on the matter of public importance.

His recent books are “Shah Commission Report, Lost and Regained” and “Parliament for The People” received wide welcome from the leaders of all parties and public.

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