Kanyakumari MP H Vasanthkumar dies of Corona
H Vasanthakumar, Congress MP from Kanyakumari in Tamilnadu state is breathed his last with Covid at the age of 70. Vasanthkumar is the first MP in India, who lost his life due to Corona was was admitted to Apollo Hospitals at Chennai after infected with virus and was defeated with battle after 18 days of treatment. Hailing from a family of politicians, his elder brother KumariAnandan is a veteran Congress leader who had served as MLA and MP and his niece Tamilisai Soundarrajan is the present governor of Telangana. He was also the Vice President of the Tamil Nadu Congress and chairman of the TNCC Traders Cell.
He was not just a successful entrepreneur who made it big by starting from the scratch, but a familiar face in Tamil Nadu. His smiling and cheerful visage greeted people from each and every advertisement of his eponymous company, Vasanth and Co, which he launched in 1978 as a home appliances showroom in Chennai. Today, it has 71 stores spread across the southern states and is a popular go-to brand for domestic needs. He started his career by working as a salesman in the 1970s before starting his own business. He also decided to be the brand ambassador of his enterprise and appeared in the advertisements for the promotion of his showroom, thus becoming a household face. Later he was associated with the Congress. He also launched a satellite television channel called Vasanth TV in 2008.
His major step into electoral politics happened in 2006 when he contested the Assembly elections from Nanguneri Constituency. Again, he contested from the same seat in 2016 and won but had to give it up following his triumph from the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat in the 2019 general elections. He defeated his BJP rival PonRadhakrishnan, a locally active politician and former Union Minister, by a margin of 2.5 lakh votes.