Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ananth Kumar died early Monday morning in Bengaluru, officials said. He was 59.
He breathed his last around 4 am, party spokesman Prakash told PTI. Mr. Kumar’s wife Tejaswini and his two daughters were with him when he passed away, he added.
Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister, Mr. Kumar was not keeping well for sometime and was on ventilator for the last few days, Ministry officials said.
Mr. Kumar was a BJP MP from south Bengaluru constituency.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman condoled the demise of Mr. Kumar.
“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,” Mr. Modi 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,” Ms. Sitharaman tweeted.