Updated: April 29, 2021 11:15:06 am
V V Prakash, the Congress candidate from Nilambur constituency in Malappuram district of Kerala, died early on Thursday following a cardiac arrest. He was 56.
Prakash, who was also the Malappuram district president of the party, passed away at a private hospital in Manjeri at around 3 am after he complained of chest pain. His mortal remains were kept at the district office of the Congress for an hour for leaders and workers to pay respects and will be cremated later in the afternoon in Edakkara while complying with all Covid-19 protocols.
Prakash, in a recent interview with the local media, had expressed confidence about winning the Nilambur seat which is currently held by LDF-backed Independent MLA PV Anwar. The constituency had long been a Congress stronghold before it fell to the LDF in 2016. His demise comes barely three days ahead of the counting of votes.
Prakash has been a longstanding functionary of the Congress party, operating as KPCC general secretary in Thiruvananthapuram after heading key leadership roles within the KSU and Youth Congress. KSU is the students’ outfit of the party in the state. He had also unsuccessfully contested against KT Jaleel of the LDF from Thavanur constituency in 2011.
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