Karnataka: Minister Umesh Katti dies of heart attack, PM Modi expresses grief, will be cremated today

Amit Kumar Jha
Karnataka Forest Minister Umesh Katti passed away
Karnataka Forest Minister Umesh Katti passed away

Karnataka minister Umesh Katti suffered a heart attack at his residence in Dollars Colony around 10 pm on Tuesday. After which he was taken to MS Ramaiah Hospital. Where he died during treatment.

Karnataka's Food and Civil Supplies and Forest Minister Umesh Katti died of a heart attack at a private hospital at around 10 pm on Tuesday. He was 61 years old. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai have expressed deep grief over his demise. 

Prime Minister Modi said, "Shri Umesh Katti ji was a veteran leader who contributed immensely to the development of Karnataka. Saddened by his demise. My condolences to his family and supporters at this sad time." At the same time, CM Bommai said, "I have lost a very close friend of mine. He was like a brother to me. He had some heart problem, but we never thought that he would leave us so soon. Worked a lot for him. He handled many departments efficiently. It is a huge loss to the state."

Schools and colleges in Belagavi will remain closed today

, CM Bommai said that his (Umesh Katti) body will be taken from the hospital by air ambulance. All the procedures will be done after public darshan in Sankeshwar till 2 pm on Wednesday. The last rites will be performed with state honors at Bagewadi in Belagavi district. A holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Belagavi on Wednesday.

According to

sources, Katti fell in the bathroom of his residence in Dollars Colony in Bengaluru, after which he was taken to MS Ramaiah Hospital. Where he died during treatment. Umesh Katti is survived by wife, son and daughter.

Many leaders including CM Bommai expressed grief

State Revenue Minister R Ashok said that according to doctors, by the time Katti was brought to the hospital, her pulse had stopped. He described Katti's death as a great loss to the Bharatiya Janata Party and Belagavi district. Several leaders including Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai have condoled his death. CM Bommai tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of my close colleague, Karnataka Forest Minister Umesh Katti. The state has lost an accomplished diplomat, active leader and loyal public servant in his demise."

Siddaramaiah expressed condolences by 

tweeting: Several cabinet colleagues of Bommai, including Water Resources Minister Govind Karjol, Health Minister K Sudhakar and several BJP leaders, rushed to the hospital on receiving the news. Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweeted, "Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace."

had been an MLA for eight times

Born in Belladbagewadi of Hukkeri taluk of Belagavi district, Katti had been an eight-time MLA from Hukkeri assembly constituency. He entered politics in 1985 after the death of his father Vishwanath Katti. Katti was with the Janata Party, Janata Dal, JD(U) and JD(S) before joining the BJP in 2008. He had earlier served as a minister in the cabinets of J H Patel, BS Yediyurappa, DV Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar. Katti was in the news for his statements demanding separate statehood for the North Karnataka region and openly expressing his ambitions to become the chief minister.