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PTI / The Hindu / CHENNAI, August 10, 2011.
File photo of P.C. Alexander - The Hindu.
Seasoned bureaucrat P.C. Alexander, a close aide of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, died of cancer at a hospital in Chennai on Wednesday at the age of 90.
Mr. Alexander, who had served as governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, was undergoing treatment at Madras Medical Mission Hospital for the last few weeks and breathed his last this morning, hospital sources said.
He is survived by wife, two sons and two daughters.
Mr. Alexander, a Rajya Sabha member from 2002-2008, held eminent positions in his five-decades long career as a public servant.
Mr. Alexander’s name was considered for the post of President during the NDA rule in 2002 to succeed K.R. Narayanan but he lost the race due to certain political complexities at the time, leading to the election of A.P. J Abdul Kalam. An upset Mr. Alexander had then resigned as Maharashtra Governor.
He held the gubernatorial post for over 11 years both in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
In his bureaucratic career, Alexander, a 1948 batch IAS officer, left his own imprint for his standards of efficiency, impartiality and integrity.
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