First time Rajya Sabha member Ashok Gasti dies of Covid-19

New Delhi: Ashok Gasti, a BJP Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, has died due to COVID-19, a hospital confirmed on Thursday, hours after confusion caused by condolence tweets posted by top politicians.

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 10.31 PM.

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The hospital said the Rajya Sabha member was admitted with severe COVID-19 pneumonia and was critical after multi-organ failure. He was on life support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Mr Gasti was from Raichur in north Karnataka and was previously a booth-level worker.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Mr Gasti a “dedicated karyakarta” and condoled his death on Twitter:

Condolences started pouring in on Twitter after Mr Gasti’s death.

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“Shocked and pained on the untimely demise of Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader from Karnataka, Shri Ashok Gasti ji. Over the years, he served the organization & nation in multiple roles. My deepest condolences are with his family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti,” Amit Shah tweeted.

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