Ashok Gasti, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP in Rajya Sabha from Karnataka, died due to multiple organ failure on Thursday. He was suffering from Covid-19.
The 55-year-old was critically ill and was admitted to Manipal Hospital.
Dr Manish Rai, the hospital’s director said in a statement that the MP died at 10.31pm.
Ashok Gasti was a first time Rajya Sabha member. He was elected to the Upper House from Karnataka in June, this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the MP’s death on Twitter:
Rajya Sabha MP Shri Ashok Gasti was a dedicated Karyakarta who worked hard to strengthen the Party in Karnataka. He was passionate about empowering the poor and marginalised sections of society. Anguished by his passing away. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 17, 2020