"He passed away this evening. He had gone to play at a nearby college club at K R Puram where he suffered a heart attack," party sources said. He was shifted to a hospital but did not survive, they said.
Asked whether there would be a repoll in the light of Krishnappa's death, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Anilkumar Jha said, "First we have to complete the process of counting and a decision will be taken after the results come out."
There will be a repoll in Tumkur if Krishnappa wins, said election officials
On whether there would be a repoll for the Tumkur seat if Krishnappa wins the elections, Jha said, "In that case, there will be repoll, but we have to wait for the completion of the electoral process."
A backward classes leader, Krishnappa had taken over as JD(S) state unit chief in September last year.
Krishnappa was with the Congress for over three decades but had shifted his loyalties to JDS after he was denied the ticket to contest the Assembly polls in May last year.
Krishnappa, who began his political career in 1985 when he was elected from Varthur Assembly constituency, was a four-time member of the Assembly.
He had held different portfolios as Minister for Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Sugar and Social Welfare over a period of eight years.
Krishnappa has been running a string of educational institutions for nearly four decades. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
Injured YSR Congress MLA passes away
YSR Congress MLA and one of the top party leaders Shobha Nagi Reddy, who was critically injured in a road accident while returning from a poll campaign in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh in the wee hours on Thursday, passed away a hospital in Hyderabad. Party chief YSR Jaganmohan Reddy and other party leaders to visit Hyderabad shortly.
[With PTI inputs]