Former Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, PH Pandian, passed away here on Saturday after a prolonged illness at the age of 75.
He was a senior leader of the AIADMK party and was born in the Thirunelveli district.
PH Pandian who joined AIADMK in 1972 was the Speaker from 1985 to 1987 when MG Ramachandran was the Chief Minister of the State. He continued to serve as the Speaker for two more years until 1989, after the passing of MGR. When AIADMK split after MGR’s death, Pandian sided with his widow Janaki Ramachandran first but patched up with Jayalalithaa later. He went on to become former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s legal advisor between 1996 and 1999 when a number of cases were filed against her.
While he was a four-time MLA, he went on to be elected as Member of Parliament in 1999, from Tirunelveli constituency. PH Pandian had once declared that the Speaker has “sky-high powers”.