Bengaluru: Ananth Kumar, senior BJP leader and Union minister, died at a private hospital in Bengaluru early on Monday after battling cancer, his office said.
“I am sorry to inform the sad news that our beloved Hon’ble Minister Shri Ananth Kumar passed away today morning 2am in Bengaluru from complications following cancer and infections. He had been in the ICU and on a ventilator for the last few days,” an official from his office said.
The 59-year-old leader is survived by his wife and two daughters.
The Union ministry of home affairs said the national flag will fly at half mast throughout the country on Monday and that a state funeral will be accorded to Kumar. The Karnataka government declared a three-day mourning in respect of the leader.
According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to chair a special meeting of the Union cabinet later in the day to condole Kumar’s death. It added that a resolution condoling his demise and hailing his contribution would be passed.