Malappuram District Congress Committee president and United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate in Nilambur Assembly constituency V V Prakash died of a heart attack on Thursday morning. He was 56.
Prakash suffered a cardiac arrest after midnight and was taken to a hospital at Edakkara before he was shifted to Manjeri. He died around 5 a.m.
His death two days before the counting of votes has shocked UDF leaders in Kerala. Prakash had put up a strong fight in Nilambur against Left Democratic Front (LDF) incumbent P V Anvar.
Prakash’s family sources said that he had been prone to heart ailments and had undergone medical interventions some months ago.
Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi, expressed shock and grief over the death of Prakash. They extended condolences to his family.