BJP MP Ashok Gasti dies due to Covid-19 in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Ashok Gasti, who became a member of the Rajya Sabha just two months ago in a surprise nomination by BJP, passed away in Bengaluru late Thursday night, nearly three weeks after he tested positive for Covid-19.
The 55-year-old tested positive for Covid late August and he opted for home isolation. Five days later, his condition worsened and he was rushed to Manipal Hospitals in Bengaluru. Comorbidities aggravated his condition, a source in the hospital said.
Hospital director Dr Manish Rai said Gasti was brought in with “severe Covid-19 pneumonia” two weeks ago, and he was on life-support system in the intensive care unit. He died around 10.30pm.
Leaders from BJP and other parties tweeted their condolences, describing him as a humble worker.
Recently nominated to RS

Gasti, from Lingasugur taluk in Raichur district, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha along with Eranna Kadadi, another grassroots worker of the BJP. Gasti is known for simplicity, living in a rented accommodation and moving about on a scooter.
Trivikram Joshi, a BJP worker from Raichur, said he and Gasti started their political innings in 1990.
“Gasti was president of Raichur City Yuva Morcha then. He worked for the party in Raichur and rest of Hyderabad-Karnatak region without any expectations until he was pitchforked to the elders’ house through the party nomination. He’s first from Savita Samaja to hold that position,” he added.

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