Junior Railways Minister Suresh Angadi died nearly two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus infection. He was being treated in AIIMS Delhi after his condition worsened. He is the Prime Minister of the Union and the fourth Member of Parliament to die from COVID-19 infection.
Born in 1955, the head of the BJP of the Belgaum district in Karnataka has held various positions within the party throughout his long political career. He started as vice-president of BJP at Belgaum in 1996 and worked his way up the ranks.
He was elected deputy in the Lok Sabha elections in 2004, then again in 2009. He was elected for a third term in 2014, when the BJP came to power in the center, and for a fourth term in the general elections of the last year after he was appointed Minister of State for Union Railways.
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted: “Shocked to learn of the passing of Shri Suresh Angadi, Union Minister of State for Railways. A kind leader, Shri Angadi, has worked tirelessly for the people of his constituency, Belagavi, and Karnataka. “
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.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 23, 2020
PM Modi tweeted “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.”