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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 23.01.2016

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Shri A.C. Jose, former Member of Parliament.

In a condolence message to his wife, Prof. Leelamma Jose, the President has said, "I am sad to learn about the passing away of Shri A.C. Jose.

Shri Jose was an esteemed colleague and a dear friend for long years.A distinguished Parliamentarian, a committed Congressman and a patriotic leader, Shri Jose served the nation in various capacities.Elected as Member of Parliament from Kerala in 1996, 1998 and 1999 and having served as Member and Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly, Shri Jose made important contributions towards the welfare of the people of India, especially the State of Kerala. Beginning his public life as a student leader, he soon became acclaimed as an intellectual amongst political leaders. He made his mark as a trade union leader, lawyer, scholar, columnist and editor, heading the Veekshanam newspaper with drive and vision till his last days. In his death, the nation has lost a distinguished personality who was always in touch with the grassroots of society.

I pray to the Almighty to give your family and you the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to all members of your familyā€¯.

This release issued at 1630 hrs.