Former Union minister V. Dhananjaya Kumar dies aged 68
Former Union minister V. Dhananjaya Kumar, who was ailing for some time, died at a private hospital here on Monday. He was 68 and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
His body will be kept in his house in Kadri Kambla in the city from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday to allow the public to pay their last respects. The final rites will be conducted at his native Venur in Dakshina Kannada.
Mr. Kumar began his political career in the youth wing of the BJP and later went on to become a Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1983 from the erstwhile Mangalore Assembly constituency. Though he contested again to the State Assembly from the same constituency, he got defeated in 1985.
He contested Lok Sabha election for the first time in 1989 and got defeated by B. Janardhana Poojary of the Congress. However, in 1991, he defeated Poojary and was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha in the Mangalore constituency.