Karnataka minister HS Mahadeva Prasad is no more
The Karnataka Cooperation and Sugar Minister was a close loyalist of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah
Karnataka Cooperation and Sugar Minister HS Mahadeva Prasad died of a massive heart attack on Tuesday morning. He was 58.
A five-time MLA, Prasad breathed his last at a private resort near Chikmagalur.
Local Congress leaders said as their repeated attempts to reach the minister over phone and by knocking the door failed, his room was opened using a spare key and the body was found on a bed. He was in Koppa to attend an official function, official sources told The Indian Express.
He had undergone bypass surgery few years ago. He is survived by his wife and a son.
Born on August 5, 1958, Prasad was elected from Gundlupet constituency in Chamarajnagar district from the Congress.
He became a minister in the Siddaramaiah government in 2013. He also served as the Kannada and Culture Minister in the JD(S)-BJP coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy during 2005-07.
A close loyalist of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, he quit the Janata Dal (S) and joined the Congress along with the Chief Minister in 2007.
He successfully contested the Assembly from Gundlupet constituency in 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2013.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed shock over the death of his close associate. The Chief Minister declared a holiday on Tuesday and three-day state mourning.
“It is a huge personal loss to me and to Congress party. He was an able administrator and a clean politician. I have lost a close friend and a wonderful colleague,” he said, as reported by IE.
Siddaramaiah called an emergency Cabinet meeting at noon to condole the death of the Minister.
In a message, he said: “Cabinet Minister Prasad’s death is a big loss to the party and the state. He was a gentle minister and discharged his duties sincerely."
Prasad’s son Ganesh said the body would be taken to Gundlupete by evening and last rites would be performed on Wednesday.