Union Minister and BJP leader Ananth Kumar dies at 59

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Ananth Kumar has died Monday morning after battling cancer. He was 59.

Kumar , who served as Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister, was on ventilator for last few days, the Ministry officials said.

A staunch RSS ideologue, Kumar was first person to speak Kannada in the United Nations. He is considered a  remarkable statesman and was six-time member of Parliamen, who was held as  one of the “most loved” MP’s of Bengaluru.

His place in the core circle of BJP begain during heyday of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and stayed there during LK Advani and now Narendra Modi times.

Born to a middle-class Brahmin family to Narayan Shastri, a railway employee and was guided through academics by his mother, who herself was a graduate. He entered politics after serving in various student organisations and was first noted for rebelling Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi govt.

“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,” President Kovind said in a tweet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “extremely saddened” by the passing away of Kumar and added that “he will always be remembered for his good work”.

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