H Vasanthakumar, a Congress MP from Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari, passed away after contracting the coronavirus.
Vasanthakumar tried to raise the flag about how serious the coronavirus pandemic is in front of the parliament, however, the head of the parliament cut off his mic.
On 20th March Kanyakumari MP #Vasanthakumar ji in his Lok Sabha speech kept demand of declaring #COVIDー19 as "National Disaster"..
He spoke also for direct benifit transfers to daily wagers & to help small businesses ..
He was interrupted with laugh within few secs..
RIP sir🙏 pic.twitter.com/L5ezM2b6l4
— Niraj Bhatia (@bhatia_niraj23) August 28, 2020
During a session in March this year, he said:
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. Daily wagers have been adversely affected. I urge upon the government to pay a minimum of ₹ 2,000 per family.
Vasanthakumar said this before Om Birla, a Lok Sabha Speaker.
Om Birla asked another lawmaker to speak while Vasanthakumar was talking about the horrible coronavirus crisis.
Vasanthakumar requested to speak for one more minute, but Birla asked Trinamool Congress’s Saugata Roy to take over.
Vasanthakumar, a Congress MP, was told to shut down his mic.
After the death of Vasanthakumar on Friday, the video of the incident was shared widely on Twitter.
The measures that Vasanthakumar suggested were announced by PM Modi’s government earlier this year.
Months after the suggestion, the BJP government announced the “Rs. 20 lakh crore economic package”.
The leader, who is 70, was rushed to the hospital on August 10, 2020, after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
He passed away after contracting severe pneumonia.
Vasanthakumar has a wife, 2 sons, and 1 daughter.