Union minister HN Ananth Kumar, 59, passed away in Bengaluru in the wee hours of today. He was undergoing treatment for cancer at at Shankara Cancer Hospital in Bengaluru
Mortal remains of Ananth Kumar will be kept at his house Sumera on Lalbagh Road till 8 am for family members to pay tributes.
According to reports, he passed away on Monday at 2 am, following complications due to cancer. He had been in the intensive care unit and was on ventilator support for the past few days.
Ananth Kumar’ s wife Tejaswini had earlier said that he was under artificial breather. She had also said that the minister was being given the best treatment for cancer but severe infection was causing concen. He was responding well to the treatment, she had said.
Since 1996, he has represented Bengaluru South constituency in Lok Sabha. He held charge of two key ministries-Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014 and Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the Narendra Modi government.
Having been influenced by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, he was a member of its student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. During the Emergency, he was imprisoned along with thousands of other student activists by the Indira Gandhi government.
He was elected as the State Secretary of the ABVP and later, became its National Secretary in 1985. He later joined BJP and was nominated as the State President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. He was then made National Secretary of the party in 1996.
He was elected from Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996. In January 1998, ahead of the general election that year, Kumar became the first Indian politician to host an independent website when he launched www.dataindia.com and www.ananth.org.