Ananth Kumar Passes Away: Condolences Pour In; President Kovind, PM Modi Pay Tribute

Ananth Kumar in a file photo.

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar died at a private hospital in the early hours of Monday after battling lung cancer for several months.

The Karnataka government has declared a three-day state mourning and a holiday on Monday as a mark of respect to the leader. He was a long-time BJP leader, who was the first person to speak in Kannada in the United Nations.

His mortal remains would be placed at his residence in Basavanagudi for the entire day on Monday and his last rites will be performed on Tuesday, state BJP said in a statement.

His demise was condoled by all leaders cutting across party lines. BJP leaders, party workers, other politicians, and relatives made a beeline to pay homage to the "most loved" Bengaluru MP.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered their condolences.

The president tweeted:

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu also condoled Kumar's demise. In a message, he said that Kumar has been a valued colleague of him for years, right from the times of the students' movement to the Parliament.

Naidu added that he was a reputed parliamentarian, administrator and a captivating speaker and that his personality was multifaceted.

Modi condoled Kumar's demise and said he is "saddened by the passing away of my valued colleague and friend".

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