BJP leader and Union Minister Ananth Kumar, 59, passed away in Bangalore in wee hours of Monday. He was keeping ill for some time and was in ventilator support, according to a news report. Ananth Kumar was an MP from Bangalore South.

In a tweet PM Modi said, “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.” He also tweeted, “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.”

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