Senior Congress leader and former Meghalaya Governor M M Jacob passed away due to old age ailments on Sunday.
He was 90. He breathed his last at a private hospital at Pala in Kottayam district. Jacob served as the governor of Meghalaya for two terms, first in 1995 and again in 2000.
He was also the Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources and Home affairs. He is also the first Keralite to become the Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha in 1986.
Jacob was the member of Rajya Sabha in 1982 and 1988. He represented the cuntry in various meetings held around the world. He spoke twice in the UN General Assembly in 1985 and 1993.
He was born in 1927 at Ramapuram to Ulahannan Mathew and Rosamma. His wife Achamma had died earlier. The couple has four daughters. The funeral will be held on Monday.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Senior Congress leader and former Defence Minister A K Antony, KPCC President M M Hassan, Opposition Leader in State Assembly Ramesh Chennithala, former KPCC President V M Sudheeran among others condoled Jacob's death.
PM expresses grief
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief over the demise of former Meghalaya Governor MM Jacob.
"Saddened by demise of former Meghalaya Governor MM Jacob. He made notable contributions to the nation as a Parliamentarian, Minister and Governor. He worked extensively for the development of Kerala. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers in this sad hour", the Prime Minister said.
Senior Congress leader Jacob (90) passed away on Sunday at a private hospital in Pala near Kottayam, Kerala due to age-related ailments, his family said.
Jacob, a former Union Minister, had also served as deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha in 80s. UNI