Gasti was in Manipal Hospital for 15 days, had multi-organ failure
The BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti succumbed to Covid-19 on Thursday at around 10.30 pm in Manipal Hospital. He had been admitted to the private hospital 15 days ago.
55-year-old Ashok Gasti was elected to the Rajya Sabha member just four months ago.
Gasti, originally from Raichur district’s Lingasur, belonged to the Savita community. He was an RSS and BJP stalwart.
BJP general secretary Ashok Gasti and Erana Baradi were fielded in the June assembly elections for the Rajya Sabha. Both were unanimously elected.
In a press note, Manipal Hospital Director Dr Manish Rai, said Ashok Gasti, who was admitted on September 2 with severe Covid-19 pneumonia, passed away at 10.31pm.
“He was critically ill with multi-organ failure, on life support system in the Intensive Care Unit under constant observation by our expert panel of doctors,” the press note said.
An earlier press note by Dr Rai at 5 pm had also referred to the MP being “critically ill with multi-organ failure, on life support system in the Intensive care Unit.”
Rajya Sabha MP Shri Ashok Gasti was a dedicated Karyakarta who worked hard to strengthen the Party in Karnataka. He was passionate about empowering the poor and marginalised sections of society. Anguished by his passing away. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 17, 2020
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 (@AmitShah) September 17, 2020
Our prayers did not bear fruit . Though the first news turned to be false, finally fate had the last laugh. Sri Ashok Gasthi , 55 newly elected RS member passed away a few mnts ago due to #COVID19 infection. My thoughts with the family. Om Shanti 🙏🙏🙏— B L Santhosh (@blsanthosh) September 17, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing way of Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Shri. Ashok Gasti— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) September 17, 2020
My condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/EPrxwdRcRm