First time Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti ‘critically ill’, says hospital

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal
| Bengaluru |

Updated: September 17, 2020 6:58:24 pm

The hospital clarified that the 55-year-old BJP chief remains to be “on life support system in the ICU”. (Source: Facebook/Ashok Gasti)

First-time Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Ashok Gasti, who has been admitted to a non-public hospital in Bengaluru after testing constructive for Covid-19, is critically sick and on life help system.

In a press release, Manipal Hospital clarified that the 55-year-old BJP chief remains to be “on life support system in the ICU” on the hospital positioned on Old Airport Road.

“Ashok Gasthi, Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha, was admitted with severe COVID-19 pneumonia at Manipal Hospitals, Old Airport Road. He is critically ill with multi-organ failure on life support system in the Intensive care unit,” Dr Manish Rai, Hospital Director mentioned in a press release.

According to social gathering sources near the chief, Gasti was admitted to the hospital on September 2 after he was affected by respiration issues. “He was tested positive for coronavirus infection then and was placed on ventilator support as his health condition worsened in the next few days.”

Meanwhile, a number of senior politicians together with Union Ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and others tweeted condolence messages on the “untimely demise” of Gasti.

The Karnataka BJP has denied any such report in a tweet and requested individuals to not consider in rumours. Following this, many leaders have withdrawn their statements by deleting their tweets.

Gasti, a lawyer by occupation and former basic secretary of BJP’s Other Backward Classes (OBC) Cell, can also be a former chairperson of the Backward Class Development Corporation in Karnataka.

Known for his booth-level work, Gasti — who hails from Raichur in north Karnataka — took oath as Rajya Sabha MP on July 22.

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