Union Minister of State Railways Suresh Angadi passed away in Delhi on Wednesday. He was 65 years old. He tested positive for COVID-19 on September 11.
Earlier this month he was admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre in Delhi, and it is said he was initially asymptomatic and was doing fine.
As soon as his swab samples was reported positive for COVID-19, the BJP MP from Belagavi had requested all those who came in close contact with him in the last few days to keep a check on their health and get tested in case of any symptoms.
He is the second member of Parliament from Karnataka to die of Covid-19 after BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti, who passed away last week and Angadi is the first member of the Union Cabinet to succumb to coronavirus.
Suresh Angadi was born in the Koppa village of Belagavi, where he obtained a law degree from the Raja Lakhamgouda Law College in the district. He left his wife and two daughters behind him. Suresh Angadi was a four-time Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka’s Belagavi constituency, elected in 2004, 2014, and 2019.
Several ministers from across the party showed their condolences after receiving the death news of MP Suresh Angadi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Suresh Angadi in his style and said he was “an exceptional karyakarta”.
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. pic.twitter.com/2QDHQe0Pmj
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 23, 2020
Sharing his condolence on Twitter he posted, “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,”
Karnataka BJP MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar also tweeted, “Tragic terrible sad news of Karnataka BJP leader and minister Suresh Angadi passing away.”
Senior party colleague Shobha Karandlaje tweeted a homage to Suresh Angadhi showing it is a personal loss for her and tweeted, “Shocked beyond words that our leader, good friend, very hardworking and humble Union Minister for Railways Sri Suresh Angadi Ji is no more! For me it’s a sense of personal loss, May his soul attain sadgati!”
Such a heart-breaking news, terrible loss for all of us!
Shocked beyond words that our leader, good friend, very hardworking & humble Union Minister for Railways Sri @SureshAngadi_ Ji is no more!
— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) September 23, 2020
The Union Ministers who have been detected with Covid-19 include,
- Home Minister Amit Shah
- Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary
- Ayush Minister Shripad Nayak
- Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
- MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal
- Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan