Former MLA ‘Kaduvetti’ Guru, a senior leader of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and chief of Vanniyar Sangam, died following prolonged illness in a private hospital in Chennai on 25 May 2018.
A native of Kaduvetti in Ariyalur, Mr. Guru was the son of local CPI leader Jayaraman. Guru was born in Katuvetti in Ariyalur district. He was the son of local CPI leader Jayaraman but entered politics through a movement seeking separate reservation for the Vanniyars, led by PMK founder S Ramadoss, in the 1980s.
Mr. Guru got involved in the movement spearheaded by PMK founder S. Ramadoss in the 1980s seeking reservation for the Vanniyars. Mr. Guru became one of his trusted lieutenants. While Dr Ramadoss took care of the PMK, the task of mobilising the Vanniyar community in favour of the party was left to Mr. Guru.
“Guru mobilized cadre and conducted week-long road blockade from Jayankondam to Sethiathope during the reservation protest in 1987,” recalled M.Gnanamurthy, who is now a union secretary DMK.
He was first elected to the Assembly in 2001 from Andimadam and in 2011 from Jayamkondam. Kaduvetti was the leader of the PMK legislature party during the second tenure.
He lost the Assembly elections in 2006 and 2016. He contested unsuccessfully from the Tiruvannamalai Lok Sabha constituency in 2009. Though articulate, he did not shine in Assembly debates.
He faced many cases for making inflammatory speeches
In 2008, he was detained under the National Security Act (NSA) for threatening the then Union Minister A. Raja and DMK MLA Sivasankar while addressing a public meeting. Again, in 2013, he was arrested for making a hate speech. Subsequently, the NSA was slapped against him. He had been suffering from interstitial lung disease for several months, and underwent a tracheotomy.
Here are few tweets after his death:-
— Kumbakonam Talkies™ (@kumbakonamtalks) May 25, 2018
Interstitial Lung Disease. Was ailing for a while and was hospitalized. RIP. https://t.co/nrJKqIpiXo
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) May 25, 2018
Awaaz Nation sincerely prays for the departed soul to rest in peace.