New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday condoled the death of Kerala Governor M.O.H. Farook, saying he will be remembered for his administrative abilities and strong bond that he had with the people whom he represented.

In a condolence message to his son Farook Shahjahan, Manmohan Singh said: "I learnt with deep sadness of the event of passing away of M.O.H. Farook, who was serving as the Governor of Kerala."

"In the passing away of Farook the country has lost a veteran politician and leader of the people. He was one of the senior most politicians of the country and served in public life for five decades in different capacities," he said.

"He served thrice as the chief minister of Puducherry and was also a member of the Union Council of Ministers in the early 'nineties. Farook upheld the highest traditions of public service during his long and distinguished career," the prime minister added.

The 75-year-old leader died Thursday night at a private hospital in Chennai due to multiple myeloma - a cancer of plasma cells. A seven-day state mourning has been declared in Kerala. The funeral is slated for later Friday.

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah and former Chief Minister M Karuanidhi were among the leaders who condoled the death of Kerala Governor M O H Farook.

"I am deeply shocked and grieved to hear about the demise of your father Farook. He was a towering personality who was known for his administrative capabilities," Rosaiah said in a condolence message to Farook's son M O H F Shahjahan.

"His death is an irreparable loss to the nation and to the people of Puducherry in particular. I convey my heartfelt condolences to you and members of the bereaved family, heed.
Karunanidhi in his condolence message, recalled that Farook, a good friend of his, had met him at his residence when he was governor of Jharkhand. "I condole his death and my sympathies are with the bereaved family", he said.
MDMK Leader Vaiko praised Farook for taking immediate steps on issues concerning Sri Lankan Tamils. "He was known for conducting a healthy and decent politics", he said.

Even while serving as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Farook has taken many steps to safeguard the lives of Tamils living in that country, he said.

Kerala declares 7 day mourning; Puducherry for 3 days
A seven-day mourning has been declared in Kerala as a mark of respect to Governor M O H Farook.   

The government of the union territory of Puducherry, from where Farook hails, also declared a three-day mourning.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has left for Puducherry to attend the funeral of Farook, slated for this afternoon.
The Puducherry cabinet took the decision to observe four day mourning at a hurriedly convened meeting, presided over by Chief Minister N Rangasamy.
Rangasamy later told reporters that the cabinet through a resolution, also conveyed its condolence to the bereaved family members.
Farook, 74, died last night at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai where he was undergoing treatment since last month for kidney problems and other ailments.

On arrival at Puducherry, Kerala Assembly Speaker, Karthikeyan, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, some of his cabinet colleagues and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala placed wreaths on Farook's body.
The mortal  remains would be laid to rest at Uppalam, M O H F Shahjahan, Farook's son, said.
Defence Minister A K Antony and Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office, V Narayanasamy would attend the funeral, official sources said.
Lt Governor of Puducherry Iqbal Singh conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
In his message, Singh said Farook had served the nation in different capacities with dedication and distinction.
The departed leader was a doyen among public personalities of the country. With his demise the country has lost one of its worthy sons`, he added.
Earlier the Lt Governor, Speaker V Sabapathy, Chief Minister N.Rangasamy and his cabinet colleagues and other leaders paid homage to the departed leader.
Puducherry PCC leader A V Subramanian presided over a condolence meeting held at the party office. The party would observe seven-day mourning as a mark of respect to Farook.