Former Karna minister dead

Former Karnataka Minister H C Srikantaiah died at a private hospital here after a brief illness.

Bangalore: Former Karnataka Minister H C Srikantaiah died at a private hospital here on Saturday after a
brief illness.

Srikantaiah, 85, is survived by three sons and five
daughters.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa condoled the death and
recalled Srikantaiah`s services to the state and also the
country.

Srikantaiah was also a Lok Sabha member between
1989-91. He had served in the Congress ministries headed by
late D Devaraj Urs, late Veerendra Patil and S M Krishna.
Srikantaiah had unsuccessfully contested the 2009 Lok
Sabha elections from Hassan constituency on a BJP ticket
against former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.

Gowda visited the hospital and paid his last respects
to the departed soul.

Karnataka PCC President G Parameshwara placed a wreath
on the body.

Srikantaiah`s body would be taken to Chennarayapatna,
his erstwhile assembly constituency today, and cremated in his
native village Hiresave tomorrow, his family said.

PTI