Union Parliamentary Affairs, Chemicals & Fertilisers Minister HN Ananth Kumar passes away in Bengaluru at the age of 59. Soon after his demise, many political leaders paid their tributes to veteran BJP leader. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed sorrow over his demise, as did many others.
Taking to Twitter, President Kovind expressed condolences to Ananth Kumar’s family and wrote, “This is a tragic loss to public life in our country and particularly for the people of Karnataka”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to express grief over his death. In a series of tweets, he wrote how Ananth Kumar was a 'remarkable leader, who entered public life at a young age and went on to serve society with utmost diligence and compassion.':
Among other prominent leaders were Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman:
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed pain over the demise over his senior colleague:
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley remembers Ananth Kumar for his work as parliamentarian and a political leader in his tweet:
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj expressed that it is a personal loss for her as Ananth Kumar was like his younger brother:
Former Minister of Home Affairs and BJP leader LK Advani also expressed sadness over the demise of Union Minister Ananth Kumar:
Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed condolences to family and friends in his tweet:
Karnataka Government on Monday declared three-day state mourning with an official statement. Furthermore, a holiday was declared on November 12 for government institutions, schools and colleges.
Ananth Kumar held charge of two key ministries during his political career - serving as the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014 and as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the ruling Narendra Modi government. Since 1996, he has represented Bengaluru South constituency in the Lok Sabha.