Updated: September 18, 2020 8:19:43 am
First-time Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Ashok Gasti, who was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru after testing positive for Covid-19, passed away Thursday. He was 55.
In a statement, Manipal Hospital stated:”Ashok Gasti, Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha, who was admitted Manipal Hospital, Old Airport Road on September 2, diagnosed with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, passed away at 10.31 pm.”
Dr Manish Rai, Hospital Director explained, “He was critically ill with multi-organ failure on life support system in the Intensive care unit under constant observation by our expert panel of doctors.”
According to party sources close to the leader, Gasti had developed a fever on August 31 after which he was admitted to Raichur District Hospital. “As his breathing problems aggravated, he was shifted to Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru on September 2 where he was put on oxygen support when his saturation levels dropped. He was then moved to ventilator support as his health condition worsened in the next few days.”
Gasti, a lawyer by profession and former general secretary of BJP’s Other Backward Classes (OBC) Cell, was also a former chairperson of the Backward Class Development Corporation in Karnataka.
Known for his booth-level work, Gasti — who hails from Raichur in north Karnataka — took oath as Rajya Sabha MP on July 22.
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