BJP’s first-time RS MP Ashok Gasti dies of COVID-19

The hospital said the MP had ‘severe COVID-19 pneumonia’ and was critical after multi-organ failure.

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Ashok Gasti was a local-level Karyakartha before he was made MP.

Ashok Gasti, a first-time Rajya Sabha member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Karnataka, died due to COVID-19.

The Manipal Hospital on Old Airport Road, Bengaluru, confirmed late on Thursday that the MP died at 10:31 pm. He was 55.

The hospital said the MP had ‘severe COVID-19 pneumonia’ and was critical after multi-organ failure. He was on life support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Mr. Gasti was from Raichur in north Karnataka and was previously a booth-level worker, NDTV reported. He was elected to the upper House in June but could not attend the session due to the pandemic.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed Mr. Gasti a ‘dedicated karyakarta.’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses grief over the demise of Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti.

“He was passionate about empowering the poor and marginalised sections of society. Anguished by his passing away”, says PM Modi.

Rajya Sabha chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu also remembered the leader for his ‘simplicity and commitment.’

Earlier, there was some confusion as some senior leaders had tweeted ahead of the death.

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