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Former union minister and SP leader Beni Prasad Verma passes away

Samajwadi Party condoled the demise of former union minister Beni Prasad Verma.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 27, 2020 9:36:06 pm
Former union minister Beni Prasad Verma passed away at the age of 79.

Former union minister and Samajwadi Party leader Beni Prasad Verma passed way in Lucknow on Friday. He was 79.

“The demise of senior Samajwadi Party leader, Rajya Sabha MP and former Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma is an irreparable loss. Condolences to the bereaved family,” Samajwadi Party tweeted.

A founding member of the SP, Verma was considered close to party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. The Rajya MP had not been keeping well for past few days. He was admitted to a private hospital in Lucknow, where he died around 7 pm.

Verma was the telecom minister between 1996-1998 in then prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s cabinet and was the steel minister in the Congress-led UPA government.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav reached the hospital and condoled his death. Verma is survived by three sons and two daughters.

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