CS Chennigappa Senior Janata Dal (Secular) leader passed away in the early hours of Friday, after battling a prolonged illness. The 76-year-old was undergoing treatment in Sagar Hospital in Bengaluru. Reports also cited the medical staff said he breathed his last after suffering from multiple organ failure.
His demise has been as a major setback for the JD(S), as well as the political circles of Karnataka.
Chennigappa was born and raised in Byranayakanahalli village in Nelamangala taluk, he was a close aide to JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy.
During the JD(S)-BJP coalition government, he was also appointed as the Minister for Forest by then chief minister Kumaraswamy.
ANI tweeted condoling deceased JDS Leader,
Former Karnataka Minister and JD(S) leader C Channigappa has passed away at a hospital in Bengaluru after a prolonged illness pic.twitter.com/aXRD3nHJ6h
— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2020
Chennigappa had been battling health issues over the last three years. In 2018, he had even flown to Singapore for treatment.
The funeral of Chennigappa would be held at Swagramam Byranayakanahalli, altar today.
Senior leaders from the JD(S), Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are expected to attend. Former CM Kumaraswamy, along with his father Deve Gowda, is also expected to be present for the last rites ceremony.