New Delhi: K. Anbazhagan, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (DMK) general secretary and one of the closest aides of late party president M Karunanidhi, passed away on Saturday. He was 97. Anbazhagan breathed his last at 1 AM at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Also Read - Deliberate, Planned Attack by Government: MK Stalin Slams Chennai Police's Crackdown on Anti-CAA Stir

The DMK leader’s body was taken to his residence in Kizhpakkam from Apollo Hospital for public homage. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: DMK Greets Arvind Kejriwal, Says 'Growth' Trumps Communal Politics

Condoling Anbazhagan’s demise, DMK President MK Stalin in a statement said,”DMK condoles the demise of General Secretary K Anbazhagan. DMK postpones all its party functions for 1 week and all DMK flags to fly half-mast for a week.” Also Read - Mamata, Stalin Congratulate Kejriwal as AAP Inches Towards Huge Win in Delhi Polls

Anbazhagan was populary called as ‘Perasiriyar’ or Professor as he worked as a lecturer at the Pachayappa college from 1944 to 1957. He was a post-graduate in Tamil literature from Annamalai University.

He was born as Ramaiah in Tiruvarur District (then Thanjavur District) on Dec 19, 1922 and later changed his name.

His Political Journey

He was a Member of Lok Sabha 1967-1971 and was also a member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Council which was abolished later.

Anbazhagan was appointed to the party General Secretary post in 1977.

Anbazhagan was elected to Tamil Nadu Assembly nine times and had been the Finance Minister in the DMK government.

He had also served as the Minister for Social Welfare, Education before becoming the Finance Minister.

In 1984, Anbazhagan had resigned as he member of Tamil Nadu Assembly in support of Sri Lankan Tamils.

(With agency inputs)