Ananth Kumar’s demise: Condolences pour in, Amit Shah calls late leader ‘a remarkable administrator’
New Delhi, Nov 12: The untimely demise of Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has left the country shocked and condolences poured in from all quarters. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several political leaders expressed profound grief over the death of the 59-year-old leader.
Kumar, died at a private hospital in Bengaluru in the early hours of Monday after battling lung cancer for several months, hospital authorities said.
President Ram Nath Kovind
Expressing his condolences, Kovind said the death of Kumar was a tragic loss to public life in the country. "Sad to hear of the passing of Union minister and veteran parliamentarian Shri H.N. Ananth Kumar. This is a tragic loss to public life in our country and particularly for the people of Karnataka. My condolences to his family, colleagues and countless associates," he tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The Prime Minister said he was extremely saddened by the passing away of "my valued colleague and friend" and described him as 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, Modi said in a tweet. "Ananth Kumar Ji was an able administrator, who handled many ministerial portfolios and was a great asset to the BJP organisation. He worked hard to strengthen the Party in Karnataka, particularly in Bengaluru and surrounding areas. He was always accessible to his constituents," he said in another tweet. Modi said he spoke to Kumar's wife Dr Tejaswini and expressed condolences. "My thoughts are with his entire family, friends and supporters in this hour of grief and sadness. Om Shanti," he said.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi also offered condolences to Kumar's family and prayed for peace to the departed soul. "I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Union Minister, Shri Ananth Kumar ji, in Bengaluru, earlier this morning. My condolences to his family & friends. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti," he tweeted.
BJP president Amit Shah
BJP president Amit Shah said Kumar served the party and the nation with unparalleled zeal and dedication.
""I am grief stricken to learn about the untimely demise of our senior leader and union minister Shri Ananth Kumar ji. He served the nation and organisation with unparalleled zeal and dedication. Ananth ji worked tirelessly to strengthen the BJP in the state of Karnataka. Ananth ji was a remarkable administrator who served various ministerial portfolios. His passing away has left a void in the BJP and Indian polity that can not be filled soon. May God give his family & supporters strength to bear this tragic loss. My deepest condolences. Om Shanti," tweeted Amit Shah in his condolence message.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also expressed deep sorrow over Kumar's death. "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," she tweeted.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was shocked to learn about the demise of his "senior colleague and friend". "Absolutely shocked and pained by the demise of very senior colleague and a friend Shri Anant Kumar ji. He was a seasoned parliamentarian who served the nation in several capacities. His passion and devotion for the welfare of people was commendable. My condolences to his family," he tweeted.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said passing away of Kumar was an irreparable loss for the country. "It is unbelievable that he is no more. His sudden death has taken away from us a true soldier of the country. My tributes to the departed soul," he tweeted.
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy also expressed grief over the death of Kumar, and described him as a "value based" politician, who made significant contribution to the country as an MP and Union minister. "Kumar's pro people attitude and activities made him apple of the eye of Bengalurians," Kumaraswamy said in a condolence message.
OneIndia News with PTI inputs