Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away at 59

Union Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar passed away in Bengaluru early this morning. He is survived by his wife and 2 daughters. The 59-year-old BJP leader was reportedly suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment in Bengaluru. He had arrived in Bengaluru on October 20 after undergoing treatment in London and New York.

Kumar represented the Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency six times since 1996. Kumar was born on 22 July 1959 in Bangalore, Karnataka to HN Narayan Sastry and Girija Shastry.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief on the demise of Union Minister Ananth Kumar. In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said, he is extremely saddened by the passing away of his valued colleague and friend. He said, Ananth Kumar was a remarkable leader, who entered public life at a young age and went on to serve society with utmost diligence and compassion.

The Prime Minister said, he will always be remembered for his good work. He said, Ananth Kumar Ji was an able administrator, who handled many ministerial portfolios and was a great asset to the BJP organisation. Mr Modi said, Ananth Kumar worked hard to strengthen the Party in Karnataka, particularly in Bengaluru and surrounding areas and he was always accessible to his constituents.

The Prime Minister spoke to his wife, Dr. Tejaswini and expressed condolences. Mr Modi said, his thoughts are with the entire family, friends and supporters in this hour of grief and sadness.

In a tweet, President Kovind said, it is a tragic loss to public life in the country and particularly for the people of Karnataka.

Expressing shock and pain on the demise of Union Minister Ananth Kumar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, he was a seasoned parliamentarian who served the nation in several capacities and his passion and devotion for the welfare of people was commendable. Mr Singh said, his demise is a big loss for the BJP and a personal loss for him.

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