Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi has died nearly two weeks after he was declared COVID-19 positive. The 65-year old Minister was undergoing treatment for corona infection at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
He had tested corona positive on September 11 ahead of the commencement of the Monsoon Session of parliament. He is the first Union Minister to have died of the COVID-19. At least six MLAs and three MPs have succumbed to the infection till date.
The veteran BJP leader held several key positions in around three decades of political career. Angadi is survived by his wife and two daughters.
He started as BJP vice president in Belgaum in 1996, and rose to his ranks. He was elected first time as the member of the parliament in 2004 general election. He continued to be elected MP in subsequent parliament elections.
Meanwhile, tributes are pouring in from across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind have joined a host of political leaders and Union ministers in expressing condolences to Angadi. “Shri Suresh Angadi was an exceptional Karyakarta, who worked hard to make the Party strong in Karnataka. He was a dedicated MP and effective Minister, admired across the spectrum. His demise is saddening. My thoughts are with his family and friends in this sad hour. Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “Shocked to know the passing away of Shri Suresh Angadi, Union Minister of State of Railways. An amiable leader Shri Angadi worked tirelessly for the people of his constituency, Belagavi and Karnataka.”