Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away
jkupdate.com | 12-Nov-2018 09:35 AM
  • Union Minister Ananth Kumar passed away in Bengaluru,

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Ananth Kumar passed away in Bengaluru in the wee hours of Monday. He was 59. The senior BJP leader was not keeping well for some time and was on ventilator for the last few days.

Kumar was serving as Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014 and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the Narendra Modi government. He represented Bengaluru South Constituency in the Lok Sabha.

PM Modi said he spoke to Kumar’s wife Dr. Tejaswini and expressed condolences.

“Ananth Kumar Ji was an able administrator, who handled many ministerial portfolios and was 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..I spoke to his wife, Dr. Tejaswini Ji and expressed condolences on the passing away of Shri Ananth Kumar Ji. My thoughts are with his entire family, friends and supporters in this hour of grief and sadness. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed grief over his demise.

Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said he has “lost a great friend in his death.”

“Deeply pained to hear about the untimely death of Union Minister and a dear friend Ananth Kumar. A value-based politician, a pro-people leader, who made a significant contribution to the country as an MP and Union Minister. I have lost a great friend. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.

BJP leaders took to Twitter to express condolences. “Absolutely shocked and pained by the demise of very senior colleague and a friend Shri Ananth Kumar ji. He was a seasoned parliamentarian who served the nation in several capacities. His passion and devotion for the welfare of people was commendable,” Home minister Rajnath Singh said.

“Deep sense of grief on hearing that Shri Ananth Kumar is no more with us. Served BJP all along. Bengaluru was in his head and heart, always. May God give his family the strength to bear with this loss,” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted

Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda tweeted “Shocked , it’s unbelievable , My friend , Brother Ananth kumar is no more.”

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