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Ananth Kumar passes away: Union minister cremated with full state honours

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Bengaluru, Nov 13: The last rites of union minister Ananth Kumar, who passed away on Monday (November 12) morning, would be held on Tuesday at a crematorium in Bengaluru's Chamarajpete. His mortal remains were kept at the BJP headquarters in Malleshwaram this morning and would later be kept at Nation College ground where public can pay homage to the late leader.

The six-time member of Parliament from the Bengaluru South constituency was suffering from cancer.

Top BJP leaders at Chamarajpet crematorium (Image credit - ANI/Twitter)

Kumar held various portfolios in the governments headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and was the Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet.

Condolences are pouring in from all quarters and top leaders from the BJP including Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the mortal remains.

Ananth Kumar passes away - Here are the Highlights:

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2:58 PM, 13 Nov
Union minister Ananth Kumar, who passed away yesterday, cremated at Chamarajpet crematorium in Bengaluru with full state honours.
2:41 PM, 13 Nov
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani also pays last respect to Ananth Kumar. Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Harshavardhan also pay tributes. National flag draped over Ananth Kumar's mortal remains has been handed over to the family.
2:19 PM, 13 Nov
Karnataka Minister DK Shivkumar and state Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao pay tribute to Ananth Kumar. BJP president Amit Shah, Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javadekar, are among those present at Chamarajpet crematorium. Earlier today, Ananth Kumar's mortal remains were kept at National College grounds so that public could pay homage to the departed leader.
1:58 PM, 13 Nov
RSS functionaries, including Bhaiyyaji Joshi, also present for the last rites.
1:55 PM, 13 Nov
Top BJP leaders at Chamarajpet crematorium to pay last respects to Ananth Kumar.
1:05 PM, 13 Nov
The mortal remains of late union minister Ananth Kumar, which were kept at National College grounds for public to pay respects, are now being taken to Chamarajpet crematorium. The last rites would be conducted as per Brahmin customs.
12:30 PM, 13 Nov
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, in his tribute, said that Ananth Kumar was a leader of great dedication and capacity. The union minister also lauded Ananth Kumar's administrative capabilities.
12:29 PM, 13 Nov
Meanwhile, preparations for last rites are underway at Chamarajpet crematorium in Benagluru.
12:27 PM, 13 Nov
Ananth Kumar's mortal remains are now kept at National College grounds so that public can pay homage to the departed leader. Several prominent BJP leaders also pay their last respects including DV Sadananda Gowda and Prakash Javadekar.
11:26 AM, 13 Nov
Ananth Kumar's mortal remains being taken from BJP headquarters in Malleshwaram to National College grounds where public wpould be able to pay last respects. Ananth Kumar was a popular leader in Karnataka. He represented Bengaluru South constituency in the Lok Sabha.
10:42 AM, 13 Nov
Several BJP leaders pay their last respects to Ananth Kumar. The mortal remains of the late union minister, which were till now kept at BJP office in Malleshwaram, is now being taken to National college ground where public would be able to pay tributes.
10:21 AM, 13 Nov
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar pay last respects to late union minister Ananth Kumar at the BJP headquarters in Bengaluru's Malleshwaram.
10:08 AM, 13 Nov
BJP president Amit Shah will arrive in Bengaluru today to attend Ananth Kumar's funeral. Ananth Kumar's last rites would be held at a crematorium in Chamarajpete.
9:55 AM, 13 Nov
There is a large crowd at the BJP office in Malleshwaram where Ananth Kumar's mortal remains have been kept. People have gathered to pay last respects to the departed leader. Many prominent state BJP leaders have also gathered to pay their last respects.
9:05 AM, 13 Nov
BJP leaders BS Yeddyurappa, VH Kageri, Sunil Kumar among other BJP leaders wait outside the BJP office in Malleswaram for Ananth Kumar's mortal remains to reach party's office.
8:43 AM, 13 Nov
Security beefed up at BJP office in Malleswaram. Ananth Kumar's mortal remains will be kept for public viewing at party office till 9 am.
8:43 AM, 13 Nov
Ananth Kumar's mortal remains being shifted to BJP office in Malleswaram. The departed leader's body will be kept for public viewing at the party's office till 9 am.
1:03 AM, 13 Nov
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala and BJP state unit president B.S. Yeddyurappa.
1:01 AM, 13 Nov
The Prime Minister tweeted saying, "In Bengaluru, I paid tributes to Shri Ananth Kumar Ji. We’ve lost an outstanding public servant, who had a positive impact on the lives of many. Also spent time with his family members."
9:41 PM, 12 Nov
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches at the residence of Ananth Kumar in Bengaluru, to pay tribute to the late Union Minister.
9:41 PM, 12 Nov
Union Minister JP Nadda and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrive at the residence of #AnanthKumar in Bengaluru, to pay tribute.
8:19 PM, 12 Nov
Family members of Ananth Kumar to be allowed inside the house during PM Narendra Modi's visit. Public viewing banned after 6:30 PM as special protection group to take position.
8:16 PM, 12 Nov
The RSS Monday condoled the demise of union minister Ananth Kumar and said that it was an irreparable loss to the nation, PTI reported. RSS Dakshin MadhyaKshetra Sanghachalak V Niagara also lauded Kumar for his "wonderful" job as union chemicals and fertilisers minister by introducing neem coated fertilisers, thus putting an end to the shortage of manure.
6:18 PM, 12 Nov
Some miscreants have reportedly posted derogatory remarks on Ananth Kumar, who passed away today, on Facebook. Mangaluru South police have registered a suo motu case. Police asks Facebook to delete the page and give details on the account, reported News 9.
6:14 PM, 12 Nov
"The death of Union Minister Ananth Kumar is huge loss for Indian politics. After being appointed as the deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha I got to know him personally. His sudden and untimely death is matter of shock for me," Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Harivansh, tells ANI.
6:13 PM, 12 Nov
News 9 reports that PM Modi will arrive in Bengaluru at 8.30 pm today to pay tribute to Ananth Kumar.
6:11 PM, 12 Nov
Recalling his long association with Kumar, both in the party and in Parliament, BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya said Kumar had rendered yeoman's services as a Union Minister in the NDA governments led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi. Dattatreya also hailed the services of Kumar to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
6:10 PM, 12 Nov
Telangana Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and leaders of various political parties Monday condoled the death of Union Minister Ananth Kumar. Rao remembered Kumar's services as a parliamentarian and political leader and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family, a release from Rao's office said. (As per PTI report)
5:46 PM, 12 Nov
Leaders cutting across party lines pay last respects to Ananth Kumar. Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Karantaka minister Minister Sa Ra Mahesh, BJP National General Secretary P MuralidharRao express grief over Ananth Kumar's demise.
4:30 PM, 12 Nov
Kumar's body would then be taken to National College Ground in the city for public to pay their respects, and the last rites would be performed at 1 PM at Chjamarajapete crematorium, the statement added. Kumar died at a private hospital here in the earlyhours of Monday after battling lung cancer for several months. (As per PTI report)
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Since 1996 he has represented Bengaluru South constituency in the Lok Sabha. Kumar held charge of two key ministries - Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers since May 2014 and as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the Narendra Modi government.

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