Union Minister Suresh Angadi passes away; PM Narendra Modi mourns death of ‘effective minister’

Union Minister Suresh Angadi passes away; PM Narendra Modi mourns death of ‘effective minister’

Suresh Angadi

Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi passed away on September 23, 2020 &nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspIANS

Key Highlights

  • Suresh Angadi was an exceptional karyakarta: PM Narendra Modi
  • Suresh Angadi was admitted to AIIMS after he had tested positive for coronavirus

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi passed away on Wednesday. Earlier this month he was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi after he contracted coronavirus disease. The MP from Belagavi in Karnataka was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 under the supervision of doctor Neeraj Nischal.

Following his swab samples returning positive for COVID-19 on September 11, the MP from Belagavi had requested all those who came in close contact with him in the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms.

Union Ministers who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 so far 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 and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Politicians mourn Suresh Angadi’s demise

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed shock over Angadi’s death. The President termed him as an amiable leader and offer his condolences to the deceased’s family.

“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,” President Kovind said.

Several politicians cutting across party lines also condoled Angadi’s death.

While describing Angadi as an ‘exceptional karyakarta’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences to the late minister’s family.

“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.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed condolences to the aggrieved family of his Cabinet colleague. Terming Angadi as his “brother”, Goyal said that he was “deeply anguished”.

“Deeply anguished at the unfortunate demise of Suresh Angadi ji. He was like my brother. Words fall short to describe his commitment & dedication towards the people. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this hour of need. Om Shanti,” Goyal tweeted.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh expressed pain to hear the demise of the union minister. “I remember the ever smiling Angadi-ji. Very pained at hearing this sad news”, he tweeted.

Expressing his condolences to Angadi’s family, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sambit Patra prayed for the ‘departed soul’. 

Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy expressed shock over his colleague’s death. He termed Angadi’s demise as an unfathomable loss to the government.

“Shocked & Saddened by news of my MoS colleague, Shri Suresh Angadi ji’s passing away. It is an unfathomable loss to the Government, people of Karnataka & the Party. His selfless service during COVID19 is still vivid before our eyes. My condolences to his family. Om Shanti Folded hands,” Reddy tweeted.

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