INS Monitoring desk
Union minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar died on Monday morning at a hospital in Karnataka capital Bengaluru at the age of 59, reports NDTV. The union minister was suffering from cancer. He had returned last month after undergoing treatment at a cancer institute in US’ New York city. Mr Kumar’s wife Tejaswini and his two daughters were with him in his last moments. His body will be kept at Bengaluru’s National College for last tributes. He was one of the few ministers to have served in the earlier NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
A five-time Member of Parliament or MP from Bengluru constituency, Ananth Kumar held charge of two key ministries — Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014 and Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the Narendra Modi government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled the demise of senior BJP leader and Union parliamentary affairs Minister Anant Kumar. Several leaders have taken to social media to express grief over his death.
The Karnataka government has declared a three-day state mourning till November 14 as a mark of respect to Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, who died early in the morning today.