Thiruvananthapuram: Senior CPI-M leader and former Kerala Minister V.J. Thankappan passed away on Saturday near here, according to his family.
He was 84.
Thankappan died following age-related issues at his home in the city suburbs, a family member said.
The four-time Communist Party of India-Marxist MLA also served as the Minister for Local Administration in the EK Nayanar cabinet of 1987-91.
He is survived by his wife and four children.
The Left leader had started off as a clerk in the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation but soon quit to plunge into full-time politics.
He first won from the Nemon assembly constituency in 1983 when he was elected in a by-election. Subsequently, he completed a hat trick from the same seat.
In 2006, he won from the suburban Neyattinkara parliamentary constituency, here.
Thankappan was a hugely popular leader and one who rose in the party through the ranks.