Mangaluru, Dec 5: Former union minister Venur Dhananjay Kumar, 67, who had represented Dakshina Kannada constituency in Lok Sabha for four successive terms, is now said to be in critical condition.
Mr Kumar, who has been suffering from kidney related ailment for past several years, was recently admitted to a private hospital in the city. However, his condition continued to worsen. It is learned that he has slipped into coma.
Mr Kumar, who was a staunch loyalist of Lingayat stalwart B S Yeddyurappa, had become the president of the new Karnataka Janata Party, after being expelled from the BJP in 2012 on charge of anti-party activities. In 2017 Mr Kumar had joined Congress, two years after his master Yeddyurappa rejoined BJP. He was elected as an MLA for Karnataka government before he became an MP.
Mr Kumar was cabinet minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism in 1996, Union Minister of State for Finance from 1999–2000 and Union Minister of State for Textiles from 2000–2003.
Former union minister, four time DK MP Dhananjay Kumar in critical condition