Seenivel is 2nd MLA to pass away on oath taking day

Seenivel is 2nd MLA to pass away on oath taking dayCHENNAI: For a second time in five years, the ruling AIADMK has lost one of its legislators on the day of swearing-in of newly elected MLAs to the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

S M Seenivel, who was elected to the Tamil Nadu Assembly from Tirupparankundram constituency, died of stroke today, bringing back memories of an AIADMK Minister who passed away in 2011 when he was rushing to Chennai for the swearing-in of MLAs.

AIADMK leader from Tiruchirappally N Mariam Pitchai was killed in a road accident hours before the swearing-in of the members of the 14th Assembly in 2011.

He died in the accident on Chennai-Tiruchirappally highway near Perambalur.

Pitchai had been allotted the Environment portfolio by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Today, Seenivel breathed his last at a private hospital in Madurai where he had been admitted on May 18 after complaining of illness. He died of stroke.

Seenivel could not attend the AIADMK MLAs’ meeting here on May 20 where Jayalalithaa was elected as the Legislature party leader.–PTI

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