He was 93 and is survived by two daughters, one an advocate and another one a party functionary. His wife had predeceased him.

Umanath, a former CPI(M) Politburo member was firmly opposed to the LTTE and creation of a separate 'Eelam' (homeland) for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

He was an MP representing Pudukottai from 1962 to 1965 and an MLA from Nagapattinam during 1977-80.

Umanath was also former vice-president of Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) and former state secretary of CPI (M).

(Agencies)

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