Leader of the Ceylon Worker's Congress (CWC)Arumugam Thondaman passed away after a sudden illness a short while ago,  He was 56.

Hours before his demise, Thondaman had met with the new Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay and discussed bilateral cooperation for community development including the ongoing Indian Housing Project in the plantation sector.

Thondaman who first entered parliament in 2000 has served both in the UNP and the UPFA as a minister .

He was to contest the general election this year and had handed in nominations to contest from  the SLPP from the Nuwara Eliya district.

He is the grandson of Savumiamoorthy Thondaman, the founder of the CWC.

Thondaman with new Indian HC this morning