The death of Ananth Kumar: a wave of gloom coming down on the BJP camp

A wave of sadness fell on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp on Tuesday after Ananth Kumar's last rites. The emotions that prevailed in most leaders were shock and despair.

"Her health has deteriorated and her death has occurred in such a short time (six months) that we are not yet able to digest her," said Suresh Kumar, MP for the city. S.

What added to the difficulty of facing the death of the Minister of the Union is that he had met no one during his bad health. "We knew that he was suffering from cancer, but we only saw him after his death," said a former mayor.

Although he was considered one of the two highest leaders of the BJP, along with B.S. Yeddyurappa, he was younger than many of the party's second-line leaders. For example, former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and former Deputy Chief Minister R. Ashok, who both called Ananth Kumar as their political guru, are actually older than him.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, Ananth Kumar's first political mentor, spent Tuesday alone, next to the Minister's mortal remains, all day long. "What can I say? He was only 59 – not the age to go … ", he said excitedly Monday.

Some BJP leaders refused to see his remains. "Better to havehe memory of him in good health. Maybe he even wanted us to remember that way so he did not meet us because of his health, "said a senior party official.

What will the BJP miss most at Ananth Kumar? His voice on behalf of the state unity with leaders in New Delhi and his contributions to the electoral strategy, said most leaders L & # 39; Hindu spoke to. "He was a survey strategist with experience in states like Madhya Pradesh. With the upcoming key Lok Sabha elections, we will miss him, "said one leader.

Traffic rumbles in Bengaluru

On Tuesday, traffic jams crossed the city because of two parades of the mortal remains of Ananth Kumar and many personalities who crisscrossed the city. Parts of South, Central and East Bengaluru have seen vehicles accumulate and slow traffic all day.

The remains of the BJP leader were transported from Basavanagudi's residence to the party office in Malleswaram and then to Basavanagudi. From there they were taken to the Chamarajpet crematorium. At the same time, traffic permits were granted to several personalities, from Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nirmala Sitharaman, from HAL Airport to Chamarajpet and vice versa.