Bengaluru, Jul 31 (PTI) Veteran Karnataka BJP leader B B Shivappa today passed away following prolonged illness at a private hospital here. Also Read - Karnataka: Is BJP Planning to End Taluk Panchayat? Congress Questions State's Intention

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Hospital and party officials said Shivappa was ill for some time and also had age-related ailments.

The body would be kept at the party office and former legislator’s home for his supporters and public to pay their last respects, before being shifted to Kumbarahalli in Sakleshpur of Hassan District, where his last rites will be performed tomorrow.

Shivappa, who joined BJP in 1981, served as its state president for five years from 1983 to 1988.

He was an MLA for two terms between 1994-2004 and represented Sakleshpur constituency.

He had also served as an MLC from 1984-1990 and 2007- 2009.

Condoling Shivappa’s death, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah remembered him for his “straight talk” and said he played a major role in laying a strong foundation for BJP’s growth in the state.

BJP state President and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said it was a personal loss for him and to the party.

Yeddyurappa recalled Shivappa’s work in organising the party in old Mysuru region and said that his service and work would always guide the party.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.