Most of Kerala's who's who paid their homage to Mani on his last journey, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, former Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony, former Chief Ministers Oommen Chandy and V.S. Achuthanandan, superstar Mammootty and a host of state Ministers and senior bureaucrats, among others.
Mani's body was later moved to the St. Thomas Cathedral, where his last rites were performed with full state honours.
Catholic Bishop's Conference of India (CBCI) President Cardinal Moran Mar Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, who's also the head of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church, led the funeral ceremony along with other bishops and priests.
The local television channels telecast Mani's last journey for close to three hours. Mani was probably one of Kerala's tallest politicians, who despite his best efforts could never became the Chief Minister of the state.
Mani was suffering from a lung ailment and was admitted to the hospital for the past one week. He had been unwell since January.
Kerala Congress-Mani is the third biggest ally of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). As a mark of respect, the UDF suspended all election campaigns on Thursday till Mani's last rites were performed.
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