New Delhi: Union Minister Ananth Kumar passed away at the age of 59 in Bengaluru on late Sunday night. He was suffering from cancer. He held two portfolios in the NDA Government; of Parliamentary affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Kumar had undergone extensive treatment in London and New York. Currently, he was admitted to Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Basavanagudi.

Kumar had represented the Bengaluru south parliamentary constituency six times since 1996. He had been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and on a ventilator for the last few days.

Taking to the micro-blogging site Twitter, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “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.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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.”

Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda expressed grief over Kumar’s demise and tweeted, “Shocked, it’s unbelievable, My friend, Brother Ananthkumar is no more.”

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted, “Deep sense of grief on hearing that Shri @AnanthKumar_BJP is no more with us. Served @BJP4India @BJP4Karnataka all along. Bengaluru was in his head and heart, always. May God give his family the strength to bear with this loss.”

 

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Absolutely shocked&pained by demise of very senior colleague&a friend Shri Anant Kumar ji. He was a seasoned parliamentarian who served nation in several capacities. His passion&devotion for welfare of people was commendable. My condolences to his family.”

The mortal remains of Union Minister Ananth Kumar will be kept at National College, Bengaluru, for last tributes.

Born on 22 July 1959 in Bengaluru, Kumar did his graduation in the faculty of Arts (B.A) from KS Arts College, Hubli affiliated to the Karnataka University and later, completed his bachelors in law (L.L.B) from J.S.S. Law College affiliated to the Karnataka University.

He is survived by two daughters- Aishwarya and Vijeta and wife Tejaswini.