Newly elected Rajya Sabha member Ashok Gasti dies of COVID-19, House mourns demise


Ashok Gasti
Newly elected Rajya Sabha member Ashok Gasti, who was admitted to a private hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, died on Thursday night, the hospital said.
On Friday morning, an obituary reference was made to mourn the death of a sitting member in the Upper House. The proceedings of the House were adjourned for half an hour as a mark of respect.
Fifty-five-year-old Ashok  Gasti, who was admitted to Manipal Hospital on Old Airport Road on September 2 and diagnosed with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, passed away at 10.31 pm, hospital director Manish Rai said in a statement.President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the demise of Gasti.

“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,” PM Modi tweeted.

Ashok Gasti was critically ill with multi-organ failure and was on life support system under constant observation of an expert panel of doctors.