Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from the Jayanagar assembly segment, B.N. Vijaya Kumar, died late last light in Bengaluru, a party official said. He was 60.
The two-time lawmaker was in the fray from the same constituency for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections.
Sri BN Vijay Kumar, Jayanagar’s popular 2 term MLA & BJP candidate passed away last night due to cardiac arrest. His humility, dedication & commitment to party and people will be remembered. A great loss for us. Our condolences to his family.
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 4, 2018
“Vijaya Kumar was admitted into a nearby hospital after he collapsed on Thursday evening following a cardiac arrest while campaigning in his constituency,” the official told IANS.
He died at the state-run hospital after efforts to revive him failed, a doctor said.
The party’s state unit chief B.S. Yeddyurappa mourned the death. “I am deeply pained at the untimely demise of my friend and party stalwart Vijaya Kumar…,” Yeddyurappa tweeted.
I am deeply pained at the untimely demise of my friend & party stalwart Jayanagar MLA Shri @BNVijaykumar. May God give strength to his family to bear this huge loss. We will work to strengthen his ideals.
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) May 4, 2018
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also expressed his condolences over Kumar’s demise. “..I express my condolences to his family and loved ones. Vijaya Kumar was a sincere and hard working political leader,” he tweeted.
The Election Commission was likely to countermand the poll in Jayanagar Assembly seat on account of Kumar’s death as a candidate in the fray.