All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi visited the bereaved family of Kerala Congress (M) leader K.M. Mani at Pala on Tuesday.
Mr. Gandhi, who reached the Karingozhakkal house around 2 p.m. after attending an election campaign meeting in Pathanamthitta, was received by the late leader’s son and Rajya Sabha MP Jose K. Mani.
The chopper carrying Mr. Gandhi landed at the St. Thomas College ground at Pala, from where he proceed to the house by road.
He spent about 15 minutes with Mani’s family members and pad floral tributes to the portrait of Mani.
Mr. Gandhi was accompanied by Congress leaders Mukul Wasnik, K.C. Venugopal, Oommen Chandy, Mullappally Ramachandran and Ramesh Chennithala.
Catholic bishops Joseph Kallarangattu, Jacob Murickan and Joseph Pallikkaparambil, KC(M) MLAs Roshy Augustine and Mons Joseph, and other leaders were present during the visit.
Mr. Gandhi told media persons that Mani was a towering leader and the voice of people of Kerala.
“It is an honour for me to come here and pay my respects. As a senior leader with tremendous experience, he was somebody I would listen to and appreciate,” he said.
Jose K. Mani later said Mr. Gandhi interacted with the family members, including Kuttiyamma, the wife of the late leader.