Friday 23 October 2020

Suresh Angadi, MoS for Railways, dies of COVID-19

Remembered as an 'exceptional karyakarta' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the MoS for Railways was a four-time BJP MP from Belagavi elected to Lok Sabha in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019 where he had joined the party in 1996

Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi died today at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Angadi was undergoing treatment for COVID-19. He was 65.

Suresh Angadi had tested positive for novel coronavirus on 11 September before the beginning of the parliament’s monsoon session.

Suresh Angadi was a four-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Belagavi elected to Lok Sabha in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019. His political journey started with joining the BJP in 1996 from District Belagavi in northern Karnataka.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences on the death of Suresh Angadi.

“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. With his indomitable spirit, he carried out public service with humility and perseverance. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the loved ones,” tweeted President Kovind.

“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,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi.

Karnataka politicians including former Prime Minister HD Devegowda condoled the death of the MoS for Railways too. “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the demise of Union Minister of State for Railways and four-term MP from Belagavi Shri Suresh Angadi. He was like a younger brother to me. I feel terrible losing him. This is an unbearable loss to our nation. May his soul rest in peace. May God give his family and well-wishers the strength to bear this pain.” Gowda said.

At least nine union ministers have tested positive for COVID-19, including Home Minister Amit Shah, and Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Born to Somawwa and Chanabasappa, the departed politician leaves behind a wife and two daughters. He had graduated from the SSS Samithi College of commerce in Belagavi. Later, he graduated also in law from the prestigious Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belagavi.

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