Ananth Kumar was a six-term MP and one of the senior BJP leaders from Karnataka.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away in Bengaluru
news Death Monday, November 12, 2018 - 07:58

Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar passed away early Monday morning. He was reportedly suffering from cancer and had returned to Bengaluru after undergoing treatment in New York. He was 59.

He passed away on Monday at a private hospital in Bengaluru. He is survived by wife Tejaswini and two daughters. The funeral will take place on Tuesday morning at his residence and then will be shifted to National College in Bengaluru, and finally the crematorium in Chamarajpet. A three-day period of mourning has been declared by the state government, and schools, colleges and government offices will remain closed on Monday.

Since 1996, the minister has represented South Bengaluru constituency in the Lok Sabha making him one of the few ministers to have served under both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi. He is also a six-term MP and one of the senior BJP leaders from Karnataka.

Ananth Kumar also served as as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 as well as the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Ananth Kumar an “able administrator” and a “great asset to the BJP organisation.”  “He worked hard to strengthen the Party in Karnataka, particularly in Bengaluru and surrounding areas. He was always accessible to his constituents,” he tweeted.

Born on July 22, 1959, Ananth Kumar started his political career as a member of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad. He went on to become its National Secretary in 1985, and eventually joined the BJP party. In 1995, he was appointed the National Secretary of the BJP. He was heralded as one of the most influential leaders in the state.

Ananth Kumar was also known for being the first person to address the United Nations in Kannada.

'A friend beyond politics'

Tributes also poured in from President Ram Nath Kovind and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy condoling the death of Ananth Kumar. Kumaraswamy described Ananth Kumar as a 'friend beyond politics.'

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