Union minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar died at 2 am this morning at a hospital in Karnataka capital Bengaluru at the age of 59.
He was one of the few ministers to have served in the earlier NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In fact, he was the “youngest” minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet in 1998 and served as the Civil Aviation minister, also Minister for Tourism, Sports, Youth Affairs and Culture, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.
Ananth Kumar was born on 22 July 1959 in Bangalore, Karnataka to H. N. Narayan Sastry and Girija. He graduated in faculty of Arts (B.A) from K. S. Arts College, Hubli affiliated to the Karnataka University and later, completed his bachelors in law (L.L.B) from J.S.S. Law College affiliated to the Karnataka University.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweeted.
Extremely saddened by the passing away of my valued colleague and friend, Shri Ananth Kumar Ji. He was 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 12, 2018