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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. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has expressed deep grief over his demise.
According to sources, Katti had collapsed in the bathroom of her residence in Dollars Colony in Bengaluru, after which she was taken to MS Ramaiah Hospital. Where he died during treatment. Umesh Katti is survived by wife, son and daughter.
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.”
Bommai’s cabinet colleagues, 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.”
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.