Veteran AIADMK leader Visalakshi Nedunchezhian passes away
CHENNAI: Veteran AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women chairperson Visalakshi Nedunchezhian died here on Monday. She was 92.
Chief minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa, in a statement on Monday evening, expressed her condolences to the family. Jayalalithaa said she was "saddened" to hear about the death of the senior leader, who was "faithful to the party and to the party leadership." Describing it as an "irreplaceable loss", Jayalalithaa said she would pray for her soul to rest in peace.
Visalakshi is survived by her son N Mathivanan and daughter-in-law Kalyani Mathivanan, former vice-chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University." She was not well for fifteen days. She had been admitted to the hospital but she recovered and came back home. She was taking rest. This afternoon, she was having lunch and her head fell back. We called an ambulance and took her to the hospital but they declared that she had passed away on the way," Mathivanan told.
The AIADMK statement said the veteran leader, who was also the party's organising secretary, passed away due to illness. Visalakshi was the wife of former state finance minister V R Nedunchezhian, who died in 2000. Nedunchezhiyan was one of the founding members of the DMK, and was very close to former chief minister C N Annadurai. He shifted allegiance to the AIADMK, served in the M G Ramachandran cabinet and was in the Jayalalitha faction when the party split after MGR's death in December 1987.
Born on August 23, 1924 in Salem, Visalakshi received her MBBS degree in 1946. She joined the AIADMK in 2000, after her husband's death. She was considered one of the trusted leaders by Jayalalithaa.