Ananth Kumar “A great asset to BJP”: President, PM and other leaders express grief

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New Delhi: Union minister Ananth Kumar, 59, died at 2 am Monday at Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru. He was suffering from cancer. He was in charge of the Chemicals and Fertilizers ministry since May 2014 and Parliamentary Affairs since June 2016 in the Modi government.

Political leaders, including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took to social media to express their condolences.

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Expressing his sadness over Ananth Kumar’s death, PM Modi, in a tweet, said Ananth Kumar was “a remarkable leader” who “went on to serve society with utmost diligence and compassion”.

In another tweet, he said Ananth Kumar “was a great asset to the BJP organistaion”.

President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed grief over Ananth Kumar’s death, saying the passing of the “veteran” parliamentarian was “a tragic loss to public life in our country and particularly for the people of Karnataka.”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi gave his condolences to the family of Ananth Kumar, and tweeted saying “May his soul rest in peace”.

BJP chief Amit Shah also took to Twitter to say that “Ananth ji was a remarkable administrator who served various ministerial portfolios. His passing away has left a void in the BJP and Indian polity that can not be filled soon.”

Union home minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to say that he was “absolutely shocked and pained” by Ananth Kumar’s death. “His passion and devotion for the welfare of people was commendable,” he tweeted.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she felt “deep sense of grief” on hearing about his death. She tweeted saying that Bengaluru “was in his head and heart, always.”

Former chief minister of Karnataka and current minister in the Modi government, Sadananda Gowda, said it was “unbelievable” that his “friend, brother Ananthkumar is no more”.

Union minister Suresh Prabhu said he was “shocked, extremely saddened…about this unbelievable news of my real dear friend of years Ananath Kumar passing away.”