Veteran AIADMK leader Aranganayagam no more
AIADMK’s veteran leader C. Aranganayagam, who performed a key position as Education Minister in launching reforms within the subject of schooling within the Seventies and Eighties, died at a personal hospital in Chennai on Thursday after a quick sickness.
He is survived by his spouse, two sons and a daughter. His son-in-law and BJP’s State vice-president M.N. Raja mentioned the previous Minister, who turned 89 on Sunday, was affected by diabetes.
Starting his profession as a faculty instructor, he branched off into legislation and was a kind of who performed a task within the formation of the Coimbatore Bar Association, Mr. Raja recalled.
During July 1977-October 1986, Aranganayagam served as Education Minister within the Cabinet headed by M.G. Ramachandran. He bought again the portfolio in February 1992 when Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister. In May 1993, he was dropped following the Madras High Court quashing a authorities order, granting recognition to instructor coaching institutes, and passing extreme strictures. In the Jayalalithaa Cabinet, he additionally held the portfolio of Labour for about eight months.
Aranganayagam’s political profession took off in February 1974 along with his victory within the byelection to the Coimbatore West meeting constituency. H.V. Hande, who was Health Minister within the MGR Cabinet, remembers that Aranganayagam was the primary particular person to get elected to the Assembly on the AIADMK’s two leaves image.
Dr. Hande, who was accountable for the constituency then, described the byelection as a “tough contest” as a result of two teams of the Congress, led by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and former Chief Minister K. Kamaraj, had put up a standard candidate.
Arangayagam went on to win in Coimbatore West on two more events — 1977 and 1980. He was additionally elected from Thondamuthur in 1984 and 1991.
His spell as Education Minister within the MGR Cabinet was eventful because the State authorities launched, in June 1978, the ten+2 education system or greater secondary course within the place of the Pre University Course (PUC), which was abolished a 12 months later. When the AIADMK authorities determined to herald a standard entrance check for admission to skilled programs within the State in 1984, Aranganayagam was one of many outstanding advocates of the thought and he asserted that the choice on the doorway check was in response to large-scale criticism of the interview system that was in vogue. Since 2007-08, admission is being held on the idea of efficiency of scholars within the qualifying greater secondary examination.
The space of upper schooling was opened up within the mid-Eighties as personal schools, primarily within the self-discipline of engineering, started to return up.
Panruti S. Ramachandran, who was Aranganayagam’s colleague within the MGR Cabinet, described him as an “able and competent” Minister and mentioned he was thorough in his topic.
Aranganayagam had, on a few events, left the AIADMK solely to return later. In September 2006, he joined the DMK and eight years later, he give up the social gathering, citing varied causes together with his stand on the appliance of financial criterion in reservation.
In April 2017, he was convicted by a particular courtroom in a case regarding amassing of wealth disproportionate to his recognized sources of earnings, when he was the Minister within the Nineteen Nineties. A 3-year rigorous imprisonment was awarded to him. He had filed an enchantment in opposition to the decision and the case is pending, Mr. Raja factors out, including that the sentence remained suspended.
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and BJP’s State president L. Murugan condoled the dying of the previous Minister.