Union Minister Ananth Kumar dies of cancer in Bengaluru, he was 59

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Union Minister Ananth Kumar has passed away at the age of 59, in Bengaluru on Sunday night. He was reportedly suffering from cancer.

Ananth Kumar

According to reports, the union minister, who represented Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency six times since 1996, had undergone a prolonged treatment for cancer in London and New York.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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.”

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Deep sense of grief on hearing that Shri Ananth Kumar is no more with us. Served BJP all along. Bengaluru was in his head and heart, always. May God give his family the strength to bear with this loss.”

His wife, Tejaswini, on Friday had said that the minister was provided with the best treatment but the spread of infection was a matter of huge concern for the family.

Union Minister Sadanand Gowda tweeted, “Shocked , it’s unbelievable , My friend , Brother Ananthkumar is no more.”

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had recently visited Kumar at his hospital. Kumar held two portfolios in the Centre’s Narendra Modi government of parliamentary affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers.

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