(Eds: Adds CM's reax) Chennai, Jan 15 (PTI) B S Gnanadesikan, senior vice president of Tamil Maanila Congress and former Rajya Sabha member, died at a hospital here on Friday following prolonged illness, the party said.
He was 71.
A former president of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC), Gnanadesikan quit the national party in 2014 to join the TMC floated by former union minister G K Vasan.
A noted advocate and Vasan loyalist, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha twice (2001-07, 2007-13) from Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam condoled his death.
Palaniswami said Gnanadesikan was articulate in Parliament and friendly towards people with divergent ideologies as well.
Panneerselvam said the former MPs death was an irreparable loss.
Vasan condoled Gnanadesikan's death and paid tributes to him.
DMK president M K Stalin, TNCC president K S Alagiri, MDMK general secretary Vaiko, Pattali Makkal Katchi founder- leader S Ramadoss and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary TTV Dhinakaran were among others who condoled the death of the senior leader.
Gnanadesikan joined the Congress during his student days and was a follower of party veteran G K Moopanar, Vasan's father. PTI VGN VS VS