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.
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.
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.
“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.