Minister Ananth Kumar loses battle with cancer, passes away at 59

Senior BJP leader and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru during early hours of Monday after battling lung cancer for several months.

Kumar, 59, breathed his last around 2 am with his wife Tejaswini and two daughters by his bedside, Sankara Hospital Director Nagaraj said.  Kumar had undergone extensive treatment in London and New York. Currently, he was admitted to Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Basavanagudi.

The 59-year-old leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had not been keeping well for the past few months. He had come back to Bengaluru only recently after undergoing treatment in the US and Britain. He was later under treatment at the Sankara Hospital in Bengaluru. Kumar passed away from complications following cancer and infections, his party office said in a statement. He had been on the ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit for the last few days, it said.

Kumar had represented the Bengaluru south parliamentary constituency six times since 1996. He had been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and on a ventilator for the last few days.  He is survived by his wife and social worker Tejasvini and two children. Mortal remains of the union minister will be kept at National College grounds in Basavangudi for public viewing.

Kumar held charge of two key ministries – serving as Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014 and as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the Narendra Modi government. Since 1996 he has represented Bengaluru South constituency in the Lok Sabha.

Born on 22 July 1959 in Bengaluru, Kumar did his graduation in faculty of Arts (B.A) from KS Arts College, Hubli affiliated to the Karnataka University and later, completed his bachelors in law (L.L.B) from JSS Law College affiliated to the Karnataka University.

Kumar had been in the inner circle of the central leadership of the BJP — be it during the heydays of Atal Bihari Vajpayee or L K Advani and now Narendra Modi. Family, friends and colleagues alike started pouring into Ananth Kumar’s residence in Basavangudi of Bengaluru to pay their last respects to his moral remains.


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