Kasim, 74, suffered pain in the chest on Monday evening after which he was rushed to a district hospital. He was then referred to a heart institute in Kanpur where he died, his family said.

Kasim was a four-time MLA and his wife is the chairman of the Jahanabad Nagar Panchayat.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has expressed grief over the MLA’s demise.

In his condolence message, Akhilesh said: “Kasim was a real socialist, who was sensitive towards the problems of the people and helped the weaker sections of society.”


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