Chennai: Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan and DMK president M. K. Stalin on Monday condoled the death of senior BJP leader and Union Minister for Chemicals, Fertilisers and Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar.
In his condolence message, Mr. Purohit said the sad demise of Ananth Kumar, an able Parliamentarian and an astute political leader, filled him with shock and grief. “I had known him as a kind friend and a socially conscious person who always wanted to do good to society,” he said and conveyed his deep condolences to the bereaved family. “I pray to almighty god to rest his soul in peace,” the Governor added.
In his message, the Chief Minister said Ananth Kumar had entered into the public life at a very young age to serve the society. Ananth Kumar has the distinction of being elected to the Lok Sabha for six terms from 1996 to 2014 from Bengaluru South. Expressing grief and anguish over his death, Mr. Palaniswami offered his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed to the Almighty for his soul to rest in peace.
Mr. Stalin also condoled the death of Ananth Kumar. In a tweet he said, “very sad to hear of the demise of Union Minister Thiru Ananth Kumar. My sincere condolences to his family and near ones.”
BJP state president Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, said Kumar's demise was not only a loss for the party's Karnataka unit, but also for the country. He efficiently coordinated Parliament's affairs and was instrumental in the BJP's growth in south India, she tweeted. “He was a guide for Tamil Nadu BJP unit,” she added....