Great Loss to Karnataka BJP: Union Minister Anantha Kumar dies

Union Minister Ananth Kumar who died on November 18, 2018 in Bengaluru (Photo: Twitter)

Union Minister Ananth Kumar died at 2 am on Monday in Bengaluru, capital of Karnataka. He was 59. He had represented the Bengaluru South constituency in the Lok Sabha since 1996. He was in charge of two ministries – serving as Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014 and as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the Narendra Modi government until his death on November 12 2018. Politicians and common men have mourned their colleague and leader.

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi expressed grief over his colleague and tweeted his message. “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,” he wrote in his tweet.

President of India, Ramnath Kovind expressed his sadness and tweeted his message. “Sad to hear of the passing of Union minister and veteran parliamentarian Shri H.N. Ananth Kumar. This is a tragic loss to public life in our country and particularly for the people of Karnataka. My condolences to his family, colleagues and countless associates #PresidentKovind,” he tweeted.

National President of Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi also expressed grief over Kumar’s death. “I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Union Minister, Shri Ananth Kumar ji, in Bengaluru, earlier this morning. My condolences to his family & friends. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Ananth Kumar was an asset to the Karnataka BJP and his loss will certainly affect the party in the state. He had defeated stalwarts like Nandan Nilkeni and others in elections. He became the President of the Karnataka state unit of BJP in 2003 and led the state unit which became the single largest party in the Legislative Assembly and won the highest number of Lok Sabha seats in 2004 in Karnataka. In 2004, he was appointed National General Secretary of the BJP contributing to building the party in MP, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and other states.

He was also a minister for Civil Aviation in Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet and was the youngest among other cabinet ministers in that Government.

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