In Bengaluru South, with his inimitable friendly smile, he had developed scores of friends, and a bonding with party workers.

Ananth Kumar Tributes: Leaders Offer Condolences Over Union Minister's Death

Union minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar died at 2 am this morning at a hospital in Karnataka capital Bengaluru at the age of 59.

He was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Ananth Kumar, a six-time member of Parliament, gregarious with strong political instincts, had managed to be in the inner circle of the central leadership of the BJP.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away at 59 in Bengaluru

BJP sources said Kumar's body would be kept at National College Ground in his constituency for public homage.

Union minister Ananth Kumar dies; PM Modi, President Kovind mourn loss

Union Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar was suffering from cancer, and had been on ventilator for the last few days

Read more about Kumar, a staunch RSS man, known for political adroitness on Business Standard. A staunch RSS ideologue, a hard boiledorganisation man, Bengaluru's "most loved" MP and the first person to speak in Kannada in the United Nations are some of the connotations associated with Union Minister Ananth Kumar.Known for his political

Read more about Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away on Business Standard. The 59-year-old political leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had not been keeping well for the past few months