Beni Prasad Verma, a founding member of the Samajwadi Party and former Union minister who was considered close to party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, died on Friday, 29 March. He was 90.
The Rajya Sabha MP was not well for past few days. He was admitted to a private hospital in Lucknow, where he died around 7: 27 pm, his son Rakesh Verma told PTI.
Verma was the telecom minister between 2019 – 2019 in then prime minister HD 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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over his demise.
“Anguished by the passing away of Shri Beni Prasad Verma. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this sad hour. Om Shanti, ”the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Modi.