In Ananth Kumar’s loss of life, Karnataka loses a giant influencer in Delhi


In loss of life, Union Minister Ananth Kumar (59) has left a void in Karnataka that’s going to be felt for a very long time. He was an essential influencer for Karnataka on the Centre, with mates throughout political spectrum.

In Bengaluru South, along with his inimitable pleasant smile, he had developed scores of mates, and a bonding with occasion employees. His footprint within the constituency had been so deep that the BJP will battle to seek out an individual who might match his clout and attain. Few political leaders attained the heights he did at a younger age.

Lately, among the distinguished Congress leaders most well-liked to steer clear of Bengaluru South, not wishing to waste their cash and vitality in a seat deeply entrenched by Kumar. In reality, within the six elections that Kumar contested, the Congress fielded a brand new face every time. No Congress politician nurtured the constituency since 1989, the final time it gained.

It’s tough to explain Kumar’s model of politics. He was a Brahmin, whose numbers in Karnataka isn’t a lot; nonetheless, her was equal to B.S.Yeddyurappa, a Lingayat strongman, in influencing occasion selections. He was amongst occasion’s principal trouble-shooters, and loved a strong backing from the RSS.

Ananth Kumar was born right into a center class household in July, 1959, to Narayan Shastri-Girija Shastry couple. He graduated with a BA from Hubli and, later, did his LLB at Mysuru. His ascent to BJP was by means of ABVP. In 1987, he joined the BJP, and his first essential political place was as State BJP’s yuva morcha president. In 1995, BJP appointed him as its nationwide secretary.

The Lok Sabha elections within the following yr modified his political course. In his first electoral combat, he gained towards Congress nominee Varalakshmi Gundu Rao, spouse of former CM R Gundu Rao. He had a cakewalk in most elections because the Congress and JD(S) struggled. Within the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he defeated Infosys co-founder after which UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani by a margin of about 2.three lakh votes. The putting characteristic of the 2014 high-voltage marketing campaign was Ananth Kumar by no means took Nilekani’s title at political rallies. In interviews too, he prevented, reference to Nilekani. He was additionally seen as a doable CM candidate for Karnataka within the coming years.

Eyebrows did go up in political circles when Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed D.V.Sadananda Gowda as Railway Minister, and gave a low-profile portfolio of Chemical compounds & Fertilizer to Anathkumar. Many thought Ananthkumar heydays within the BJP had been over. He sulked, however labored onerous and made up with Modi. The portfolio of Parliamentary Affairs got here as a reward, whereas Gowda misplaced Railway ministry.

The person, who rose from the RSS ranks, concerned himself in constructing the BJP in Karnataka in an period the occasion’s future appeared bleak. He was probably the most distinguished face of the BJP in Karnataka, in addition to that of former CM B.S.Yeddyurappa, within the 1980s and 1990s. They had been all the time seen collectively, and did the occasion work as a group together with KS Eshwarappa.

When Ananth Kumar turned Civil Aviation Minister within the first Vajpayee Authorities in 1998, he was the youngest Cupboard minister on the age of 39. He took curiosity in Bangalore’s first greenfield worldwide airport venture underneath the PPP mannequin, and signed the settlement. Within the following yr, he turned one of the essential Union ministers dealing with numerous ministries together with Tourism, Sports activities & Youth Affairs, Tradition, City Growth and Poverty Alleviation.

Ananth Kumar is married to Tejaswini; they’ve two daughters Aishwarya and Vijetha. The Minister and his spouse ran Adamya Chetana, a nonprofit that’s engaged in a bunch of social service actions together with offering sizzling noon meals to about two lakh faculty kids on a regular basis.

Ananth Kumar had been ailing for a while, and was handled at hospitals in London and New York. For the previous couple of weeks, he was being handled at Sri Shankara Most cancers Hospital and Analysis Centre in Shakarapuram, Bengaluru. He had been on oxygen assist in the previous couple of days after his well being situation didn’t present a lot progress.

The information of his loss of life got here as a shock to voters in Basavanagudi, the place he lived, as he had been very energetic till lately. He actively campaigned for the Could 12 Meeting polls, together with different Union Ministers Prakash Javdekar and Piyush Goyal. He was the go-to man for BJP leaders in Karnataka, and a principal trouble-shooter for the occasion.


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