Vasanthakumar’s last rites in his native today; Prez, PM pay glowing tributes

The last rites of H Vasanthakumar MP, who died of Covid-19 on Friday, will be performed in his native village near Kanyakumari today.

President Ram Nath Kovind posted, on Twitter: “Sad to know the passing of Shri H. Vasanthakumar, MP from Kanyakumari. An entrepreneur and social activist, he earned his name in the world of politics and business. His devotion to people’s cause in Tamil Nadu was inspiring. Condolences to his family, friends and followers.”

Mourning the 70-year-old leader’s demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “During my interactions with him, I always saw his passion towards Tamil Nadu’s progress. Condolences to his family and supporters.”

Vasanthakumar had flagged the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic in parliament earlier this year, suggesting measures to tackle the crisis, only to be interrupted and have his mic cut off.

“Speaker sir, we have to announce a national disaster due to coronavirus affecting the whole nation. A zero-revenue situation will definitely impact the repayment of loans. I urge the government to reschedule the loan payment of small businessmen and individuals at least for three months,” he had said during a session in March.

Vasanth’s niece and Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, who is the daughter of Vasanthakumar’s elder brother Kumari Ananthan, penned a heart-warming poem as a mark of respect to the late Congress MP.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Congress former president Rahul Gandhi, senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, TNCC president K S Alagiri, alliance party leaders including DMK president M K Stalin, MDMK chief Vaiko, and leaders cutting across party lines condoled the death of Vasanthakumar.