Oommen Chandy to be laid to rest without state honours, as per his last wish

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Oommen Chandy to be laid to rest without state honours, as per his last wish

Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy will be laid to rest without state honours, as per his last wish. Chandy’s family informed the state government on Wednesday about his wish, and the government has accepted it.

Chandy, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85, had been suffering from cancer. He was the longest-serving chief minister of Kerala, having served from 2004 to 2011. He was also the first non-communist chief minister of the state.

Chandy’s family said that he had always wanted to be buried without any fanfare. He had told his wife, Mariamma, that he wanted a simple funeral with only religious rituals.

The state government has said that it respects Chandy’s wishes. “We have accepted the family’s request,” said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. “We will not be giving any state honours for the funeral.”

Chandy’s funeral will be held on Thursday at the St George Orthodox Church in Puthuppally, his hometown in Kottayam district. The church is expected to be packed with mourners, who will pay their last respects to the former chief minister.

Chandy’s death has been met with widespread sadness and grief. He was a popular and respected leader, and his contributions to Kerala will be remembered for many years to come.

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