Congress MP H Vasanthakumar passes away due to COVID-19 at Chennai hospital

Congress MP from Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari, H Vasanthakumar, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, has passed away, hospital authorities in Chennai said on Friday.

Earlier, in a statement, Apollo Hospitals said the MP was in critical condition and treated by a team of doctors for severe COVID pneumonia.

He was the working president of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee and had been an MLA from the Nanguneri Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu. It was after resigning from his MLA post that he contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Kanyakumari. He had defeated incumbent and lone-BJP MP Pon Radhakrishnan. 

Starting his career as a salesman, he went on to found Vasanth&Co, a popular retail chain of home appliances and electronics. His brand had once been synonymous with retail home appliances. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled his death on Twitter.

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