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


New Delhi, Aug 28: Congress MP from Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, H Vasanthakumar succumbed to Covid-19 disease on Friday.

The 70-year old leader was undergoing treatment at a Apollo Hospitals in Chennai since August 10. He was on ECMO and Ventilator support and monitored by a multidisciplinary team of doctors.

Congress MP H Vasanthakumar dies of Covid-19 at Chennai hospital

Born in Agastheeswaram in Kanyakumari district, Vasanthakumar started his career as a salesman in the early 70s. In the year 1978 he started a home appliances sales showroom Vasanth & Co, which has grown to be a chain of showrooms operating in all the districts of Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru and Puducherry.

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He won the 2006 Tamil Nadu assembly election to become a MLA, competing against S.P. Sooryakumar of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. He gave an assurance to the voters that if his coalition came to power, the ambitious project of establishing a Special Economic Zone at Nanguneri with high-tech park would be considered.

He served as MLA from the Nanguneri Constituency of Tirunelveli district between 2006 and 2011. He was the Vice-President of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee and also the Chairman of the TNCC Traders cell. He won the 2016 Tamil Nadu assembly election from Nanguneri Constituency with a tiny margin.

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    Meanwhile he contested in the 17th Loksabha elections and won from Kanyakumari constituency in 2019. He won against incumbent Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan with over 250,000 margin.

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