BJP leader and Union Minister Ananth Kumar dies at 59

BJP leader and Union Minister Ananth Kumar dies at 59


Senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar died on Monday in Bangaluru. He was a Union Minister and a six-time BJP MP. The minister was 59 and was suffering from Cancer. He was being treated in New York, according to a report by News Agency PTI.


Many leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bhartiya Janta Party Supremo Amit Shah, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, and the President of India Ramnath Kovind expressed their grief.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on his official account, “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. 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.”


President Ramnath Kovind said that he is sad to hear the passing of Ananth Kumar. He added, “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.”



Rajnath Singh said Ananth Kumar was a colleague of him. He also said, “My mind is filled with memories of working with Anant Kumar ji in the government and party organisation. These memories will stay with me. His demise is a big loss for the BJP. It is also a personal loss for me.”



Rising above from Party politics, Rahul Gandhi also expressed grief. He tweeted, “I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Union Minister, Shri Ananth KumarJii, in Bengaluru, earlier this morning. My condolences to his family & friends. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti.”



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