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Kakkan: The Minister Who Slept On The Platform Bench!

When  Kamaraj was the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, he had Seven Ministers in his Cabinet. P Kakkan (1909-1981) was one among them in the Cabinet. He was given the following portfolios: HOME PWD AGRICULTURE IRRIGATION ANIMAL HUSBANDRY POLICE JAILS PRISON FINANCE EDUCATION LABOUR PROHIBITION. He was Cabinet Minister for 10 years. While touring, he used to wash his clothes (himself). Once he toured Trichy. He missed the train. The next train was on the next day morning. He never approached anyone including the railway staff. He just SLEPT ON THE RAILWAY PLATFORM BENCH. At midnnight, railway police woke him up with the POLICE LATHIS. The police asked him who are you? You cannot sleep here. Go away. He replied “ Sir. My name is Kakkan. I am the Minister for the Police and Home Department. I will leave once the train arrives in the morning. The Policemen were shocked. Sir our apologies to you. Forgive us.  Sir, you can stay in the first-class waiting room.  He replied; No. This comfort is suff