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Published On: Fri, Aug 28th, 2020

Congress MP Vasanthakumar dies of Covid-19

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VASANTHAKUMARCHENNAI: Congress MP from Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari, H Vasanthakumar, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, has died, hospital authorities in Chennai said on Friday.
The 70-year old leader was admitted to an Apollo Hospital in Chennai on August 10 with a corona virus infection, the hospital had said.
H Vasanthakumar is the second lawmaker in Tamil Nadu to die of COVID-19. Earlier, DMK MLA Palakadai Anbazhagan had died after contracting the corona virus.
Vasanthakumar was battling COVID-19 and was critical, the hospital treating him said on Friday. The 70-year old leader was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals here on August 10 with corona virus infection, it said.
“Despite all active medical measures his condition deteriorated gradually due to COVID complication and passed away today,” Apollo Hospitals, Chennai issued the statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences to the family and reminisced that Vasanthakumar’s strides in business and social service efforts were noteworthy.

“We are deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Shri H. Vasanthakumar. A staunch Congressman, true leader of the people & beloved MP,” tweeted Congress party.

A first-time MP from Tamil Nadu, H Vasanthakumar had also been elected MLA twice in the past from the Nanguneri assembly constituency and was the working president of the state Congress committee.  He also established Vasanth & Co, a chain of consumer electronics and home appliances stores and Vasanth TV, an entertainment satellite channel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled his death on Twitter.Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Deeply saddened at the untimely demise of a born fighter, resolute Congressman, M.P & Working President of TNCC – Sh. H. Vasanthakumar.”

“All of us, along with lakhs of his supporters, will always miss him deeply. Heartfelt condolences to family & well wishers. RIP,” he added.
(With Agency Inputs ).

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