Bengaluru: Karnataka Food and Civil Supply Minister Umesh Katti died of a heart attack Tuesday night in Bangalore.
According to family sources, Umesh Katti, 61, complained of chest pain and collapsed in the bathroom of his Dollars Colony residence at 10:30 p.m.
He was immediately transferred to MS Ramaiah hospital. However, Umesh Katti succumbed to a heart attack in hospital.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai rushed to the hospital immediately after receiving the information. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah, who was in Mysuru, also left for Bangalore.
The body was to be taken to his native Tilakawadi in Belagavi on Wednesday morning. It would be kept on public view at his residence at Shivabasavanagar in Tilakawadi.
Umesh Katti was the most elected senior representative in the Karnataka legislature. He entered politics in 1985 after the death of his father Vishwanath Katti.
Umesh Katti fought for the separate North Karnataka state and also claimed that he would become the controversial new state’s prime minister. He worked as a minister in the cabinets of BS Yediyurappa, DV Sadananda Gowda, Jagadish Shettar during the tenure of the BJP government.
He represented the Chikkodi assembly constituency eight times. She represented the Janata Party, Janata Dal, Janata Dal (U), and BJP.
Umesh Katti also stood for election as a candidate for the Congress party in 2004.