Bangalore: BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Ashok Gasti has died due to COVID-19 from Karnataka, a hospital confirmed on Thursday, causing confusion due to condolence tweets posted by top politicians.
The 55-year-old was seriously ill and was admitted to Manipal Hospital.
The director of the hospital, Dr. Manish Rai said in a statement that the MP died at 10.31 pm.
The hospital said that the Rajya Sabha member was admitted with severe COVID-19 pneumonia and was severe 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 the first booth level worker.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Mr. Gasti “dedicated” Worker“And mourned his death on Twitter:
Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Ashok Gasti was a dedicated worker who worked hard to strengthen the party in Karnataka. He had a passion for empowering the poor and marginalized sections of the society. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and friends. Peace.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 17, 2020
After his uncontested election in June this year, Mr. Gasti did not appear in Parliament due to the epidemic. He was a Rajya Sabha member for the first time.
At the time of nomination, Mr. Gasti told NDTV, “It is a very happy event. A booth-level worker has been recognized in this way. Such recognition is possible only in the BJP. It has given a lot of enthusiasm.” Millions of BJP workers. I want to thank all the BJP leaders. ”
Condolences on Twitter started following Mr. Gasti’s death.
“Mourning and anguish over the untimely demise of Shri Ashok GG, a Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader from Karnataka. Over the years, he served the organization and the nation in many roles. My deepest condolences are with his family in this hour of grief . ” .Om Shanti Shanti Shanti, ”tweeted Amit Shah.
Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu expressed sorrow and said that Mr. Gasti is known for his “simplicity and commitment to the upliftment of Dalits”.
It was deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Rajya Sabha member Mr. Ashok Gasti. He was known for his simplicity and commitment to uplift the Dalits. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Peace!
– Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) September 17, 2020
Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar tweeted, “Deeply saddened to hear the news of the passage of Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. Ashok Gasti. My condolences to his family and friends.”
The leaders had also tweeted earlier in the day but later deleted the tweet.