Senior politician and Minister for Co-operation and Sugar, H S Mahadeva Prasad (58) passed away in his sleep after a massive cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning.
Mahadeva Prasad, who was scheduled to attend the silver Jubilee celebration of Cooperation Transport Network in Koppa, Chikkamagalur, breathed his last at Serai Resorts in Chikkamagalur.
A five-time MLA, Prasad was Siddaramaiah’s close aide and had followed him from JD(S) to Congress. Prasad, born on August 5, 1958 was elected from the Gundlupet constituency in Chamarajnagar district from Congress and became a minister in the Siddaramaiah’s government in 2013. He had also served as the Kannada and Culture Minister in the JD(S)-BJP coalition government during 2005-07 and holds the record of winning five times from Gundlupet constituency in1994, 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2013.
The sudden demise of the minister has come as a shock to state politics. Leaders from all the political parties paid their last tributes to one of the celebrated leaders in state politics. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah looked saddened when the news broke out. Calling Prasad’s death as unexpected and shocking, Siddaramaiah said he was one among his closest. “It is a huge personal loss to me and the Congressy. He was an able administrator and a clean politician. I have lost a close friend and a wonderful colleague,” he said.
The body will be kept at his Mysuru residence till 5pm, from where it will be taken to Gundlupet where it will be kept for public viewing. The last rites will be carried out on Wednesday in his native village.
Profile of Prasad
Mahadeva Prasad was born to H N Sreekanta Setty at Halahally in Gundlupe Taluk. He completed his MA in Political Science and was married to Dr Geetha. He had contested the Karnataka Assembly Eeections from Gundlupet Assembly constituency during 1985 and 1989 but won continuously from 1994 following in 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2013. He served as Minister for Food & Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs during the coalition government in 2004 and served as Minister for Kannada and Culture during coalition Government in 2007.
As the president of District Congress Committee, Chamarajnagar since 2010, he had intensively organised the party in the district and won all the Zilla Panchyat, Taluk Panchyat and urban bodies (CMC, TMC, TP) and co-operative Institutions including winning the four Assembly constituencies in the district. He was active in various social activities and was serving as President of Sangama Pratisthana (Trust), served as Vice President, Karnataka State Adult Education Council, served as Senate and Syndicate member of Mysore University and was the President to Jnana Bhutti, a coaching centre for competitive exams from the past 18 years.