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Junior Railway Minister Suresh Angadi dies of Covid-19 Suresh Angadi
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Junior Railway Minister Suresh Angadi dies of Covid-19

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Sep 2020, 10:43 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Junior Railway Minister Suresh Angadi passed away on Wednesday night at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. The 65-year-old minister was undergoing treatment for Novel Coronavirus.

Angadi had tested positive for the deadly contagion on Sept 11. He was admitted at Delhi's AIIMs after his condition worsened.

He is the first Union Minister and the fourth MP to die due to COVID-19 infection.

Condoling his death, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted: "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."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief in a tweet.

"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," he wrote.

Suresh Angadi served as a member of Parliament from 2004 and as Minister of State for Railways from 2019 until his death.

He was a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka state.

Angadi was elected to Lok Sabha from Belagavi in 2004 (14th Lok Sabha), 2009, 2014 and 2019.

The Union Minister is survived by by his wife and two daughters.