Warhel :: Karnataka minister Mahadev Prasad passed away.

Karnataka minister Mahadev Prasad passed away.

Updated on: 03-Jan-2017
Karnataka cooperation and sugar minister HS Mahadev Prasad died of a heart attack at a private resort in Koppa in Chikkamagaluru district on Tuesday.

Prasad, 58, is survived by his wife and a son. Karnataka minister Mahadev Prasad passed away.

Local Congress leaders said that they attempted to reach the minister over phone and by knocking the door failed, his room was opened using a spare key and the body was found on a bed.

Officials said that he was in koppa to attend an official function. He had undergone bypass surgery few years ago.

Prasad, represented Gundlupete constituency in Chamarajanagar district, was a close associate of chief minister Siddaramaiah.

Siddaramaiah said "Prasad's death unexpected and shocking. It is a huge personal loss to me and to the Congress party. He was an able administrator and a clean politician. I have lost a close friend and a wonderful colleague."

The state government declared a one day government holiday on Tuesday and announced three days of state mourning.

Prasad was a minister in the JD(S)-BJP coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy during 2005-07 and quit JDS and joined the Congress.

Prasad's son Ganesh said the body will be taken to Gundlupete by evening and last rites will be performed on Wednesday.

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