Karnataka: BJP leader Bhanuprakash dies during protest against fuel price hike

BJP leader MB Bhanuprakash passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest during a protest in Karnataka. He collapsed while getting into his car and could not be saved despite being rushed to the hospital.

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Published17 Jun 2024, 10:12 PM IST
Karnataka BJP chief BY Vijayendra and party supporters stage a protest against the state government in Bengaluru on Monday
Karnataka BJP chief BY Vijayendra and party supporters stage a protest against the state government in Bengaluru on Monday(ANI)

BJP leader MB Bhanuprakash passed away on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest in the midst of a protest. The saffron party led protests across Karnataka amid furore over a hike in petrol and diesel prices — with the former MLC leading the charge in Shivamogga. He reportedly collapsed soon after addressing party workers in the region.

“He collapsed after suffering cardiac arrest while getting into his car. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but could not be saved,” a police source told PTI.

Several political leaders have condoled his passing in the past few hours. 

“Deeply saddened by the passing away of BJP Karnataka senior leader and former MLC, Shri MB Bhanuprakash ji. His fervent dedication to strengthening the party's ideology and his relentless advocacy for public welfare will be remembered with profound respect. His demise is an irreparable loss to the party. My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and supporters during this difficult time. Om Shanti!” tweeted BJP chief and Union Minister JP Nadda.

Also Read | Here’s how much petrol, diesel costs in your city after Karnataka fuel tax hike

The Karnataka government recently hiked sales tax on fuel — increasing petrol prices by 3 and diesel prices by 3.02. The announcement had prompted severe backlash from the BJP and its allies. The saffron party staged a statewide demonstration against the hike on Monday.

“The decision of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to hike the prices of petrol and diesel...this decision of the Congress government will cost dearly for the people of Karnataka and it will affect the farmers and lead to an increase in the prices of buses, taxis, autos, and everything, impacting the common man. The BJP is protesting against the decision of the Congress government and we are protesting across the state today. We urge the Chief Minister of Karnataka to roll back its decision,” BJP state president BY Vijayendra told ANI.

Also Read | Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah defends ‘reasonable’ fuel price hike: ‘Still lower…’

(With inputs from agencies)

 

 

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First Published:17 Jun 2024, 10:12 PM IST
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