Ananth Kumar: Only the leader of Karnataka to make his mark in the central politics of the BJP

Ananth Kumar, 59, who died Monday morning, was the only politician in Karnataka who could play a major role in the central political crisis of the Bharatiya Janata party at a very young age.

In fact, he was the youngest cabinet minister at Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he had this ministerial opportunity for the first time in 1998. He held various important portfolios such as civil aviation, tourism, youth, culture, urban development and poverty reduction. .

In Narendra Modi, he managed portfolios such as parliamentary affairs and chemicals and fertilizers.

Kumar has been elected to the Lok Sabha of South Bengaluru for six consecutive times since 1996. His proximity to the veteran leader L.K. Advani has increased its political influence in central politics.

He began his political career in Sangh Parivar's student wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP). He attracted the attention of national leaders by rising to the rank of national secretary of the ABVP. In 1987, he joined the BJP and was even president of the BJP state unit, Yuva Morcha.

A cunning politician, Kumar played a crucial role in the development of the BJP in the state by courting political figures such as former chief minister, S. Bangarappa, other parties while he was president of the state. State of the party. The party that was stuck with a digital strength of about 40 MPs for quite a long time increased its numbers to become a single party under his leadership.

He was credited with working for the strengthening of the party with B.S. Yeddyurappa in the state. Kumar and Yeddyurappa formed for a long time the two pillars of the party in Karnataka. Both were considered as two different centers of power in the party's state unit. There was always a background of animosity between the two groups, even though they seemed friendly publicly.

Now, with Kumar's death, many party leaders believe that leadership balance is lost in party unity in Karnataka.

Kumar was supported by his wife, Tejaswini, who gained public goodwill through his NGO, Adamya Chetana, known for serving lunch to schoolchildren.