CMP founder and leader Melathu Veettil Raghavan died on 9 November 2014. He died due to Parkinsons disease. He was 81. He was the founder of Communist Marxist Party (CMP) in Kerala.
He served as minister for Co-operation in 1991-1996 and 2001-06 United Democratic Front party (UDF).
About Melathu Veettil Raghavan
• Raghavan also known as MVR was born in kannur in 1933.
• He became part of the communist movement at the tender age of 15 and then became the trade union leader.
• He was the CPI (M) party state secretary at Kannur in 1967 and later became the state secretariat member of the party.
• He was expelled from the CPI (M) party in 1986 due to difference in opinion with the leadership.
• He then founded the Communist Marxist Party (CMP) in 1986 and later formed an alliance with UDF.
• He served only two terms as a minister though he was seven time legislator in Kerala Assembly.
• He was the force behind the Pariyaram Co-operative Medical College, the first medical college in the cooperative sector in India.
• He was credited with setting up the cooperative establishments like Pappinissery Visha Chikilsa Kendram, Snake Park and the Ayurvedic Medical College in Kerala.