The Hush Post| 8:55 am | two-minute-read
Union Minister and senior Bharatiya Janta Party leader Ananth Kumar is no more. He died at a Bengaluru hospital at 2 am on Monday. The 59-year-old leader was suffering from cancer for close to a year. Ananth Kumar was back from the US in October after treatment. His wife, Tejaswini and two daughters were with him when he died.
The President, Prime Minister and senior leaders across party lines condoled the death of Ananth Kumar. The Karnataka CM described Ananth Kumar as “a value-based politician, who made significant contribution to the country as a lawmaker.” He was born on July 22, 1959 in Bengaluru.
Since 1996, Ananth Kumar had represented the Bengaluru South constituency in the Lok Sabha. He held two portfolios – as the union minister of chemicals and fertilizers and as minister of parliamentary affairs since July 2016 until his death. Ananth Kumar was the first Indian politician who had his own websites – www.dataindia.com and www.ananth.org.
Ananth Kumar took keen interest in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He began his political journey as a member of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
He was jailed along with many ABVP student activists during Emergency. Ananth Kumar was the national secretary of BJP in 1996, after serving as the state president of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha for many years. He was the civil aviation minister in the Atal Behari Vajpayee government.