Ananth Kumar, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister, died at a private hospital in Bengaluru in the early hours of Monday after battling lung cancer for several months. He was 59. The senior BJP leader was serving as Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014 and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the Narendra Modi government. He represented Bengaluru South Constituency in Lok Sabha.
Tributes poured in for Ananth Kumar, the six-time MP with Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembering him as an “asset to the BJP organisation”. “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,” he Tweeted. The prime minister also spoke to Ananth Kumar’s wife and expressed his condolences to the family.