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:
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 #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 12, 2018
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".
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