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Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away: A glimpse of his political career

He was among a few party leaders, besides former CM BSYeddyurappa, who can be credited for the growth of BJP in Karnataka, bringing the party to power in 2008 and making it the first saffron government in South India.

Nov 12, 2018 09:37 IST
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Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Ananth Kumar passed away on November 12, 2018 at a private hospital in Bengaluru. He was 59. He is survived by his wife and 2 daughters.

He was diagnosed of lung cancer just three months ago and had returned to Bengaluru recently after undergoing treatment in the United States and Britain.

Kumar’s representation at Lok Sabha

Year

Constituency

Losing candidate

1996

Bengaluru South

Varalakshmi Gundu Rao

1998

Bengaluru South

D P Sharma

1999

Bengaluru South

B K Hariprasad

2004

Bengaluru South

Krishnappa M

2009

Bengaluru South

K Byre Gowda

2014

Bengaluru South

Nandan Nilekani

Political career of Ananth Kumar

A senior BJP leader from Karnataka, Ananth Kumar represented the Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency six times in Lok Sabha since 1996.

A graduate in Arts and Law, Kumar was associated with the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student organisation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), before joining the BJP in 1987. As an RSS worker, Kumar was arrested during Emergency.

He joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1987 and held posts of State Secretary, State President of the Yuva Morcha, General Secretary and National Secretary.

He was State President of BJP during 2004 Assembly elections when the party emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka for the first time. He was a national General Secretary of BJP for nine years.

He was among a few party leaders, besides former CM B.S.Yeddyurappa, who can be credited for the growth of BJP in Karnataka, bringing the party to power in 2008 and making it the first saffron government in South India.

He was the youngest minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Cabinet during 1999-2004 and had held Civil Aviation; Tourism, Sports, Youth Affairs and Culture; Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation portfolios.

He held charge of two key ministries in the Narendra Modi government - Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry since May 2014 and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016.

Other achievements

  • In January 1998, Kumar became the first Indian politician to host his personal websites ‘www.dataindia.com’ and ‘www.ananth.org’, earning the tag of a tech-savvy leader.
  • He will be remembered as the first person to speak in Kannada in the United Nations.

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