Bengaluru: Ananth Kumar, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union minister for chemicals, fertilisers and parliamentary affairs, died in Bengaluru in the early hours on Monday. He was 59.
Ananth Kumar, BJP bulwark in Bengaluru, dies at 59
The six-time parliamentarian from Bengaluru South had been ailing for a while now and was suspected to have been battling pancreatic cancer.
However, this information nor the cause for his death could be independently verified and will be updated if and when the hospital or family issues a statement in this regard.
“Extremely saddened by the passing away of my valued colleague and friend, Shri Ananth Kumar Ji. He was a remarkable leader, who entered public life at a young age and went on to serve society with utmost diligence and compassion. He will always be remembered for his good work,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.
Kumar, who first entered the Lok Sabha in 1996 from Bengaluru South constituency, has remained undefeated from the seat. Irrespective of the assembly election results, the BJP has fared well in Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka, including a stranglehold on the three seats of Bengaluru. Kumar’s passing could present the Congress a chance to dent the BJP’S prospects in the city next year.
“Our families had a friendship beyond politics. He always valued and had given priority to friendship. I have lost a great friend in his death,” Karnataka Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy said in a statement.
“Shocked, it’s unbelievable, my friend, brother Ananth Kumar is no more,” D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Union minister and parliamentarian from Karnataka wrote on Twitter.