Suresh Channabasappa Angadi, minister of state for Railways passed of COVID -19 related causes, in New Delhi on 23/09/2020. He was 65. He leaves behind his mother, wife, two daughters and their families.
The Four time BJP Member of Parliament from Belagavi constituency is the first central minister of India to succumb to the epidemic.
Shri Suresh Angadi took over as new Minister of State of Railways on 31st May, 2019.
He was born to Somawwa and Chanabasappa Angadi at Kanavi Koravina Koppa village and completed his graduation from S.S.S. Samithi College of commerce in Belagavi. Later, he also graduated in Law from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belagavi.
A member of Bharatiya Janata Party, he became the vice president of the party’s Belagavi district unit in 1996. He continued in that office till 1999. In 2001 he was nominated as the president of the district unit and continued to hold that post until he was nominated as the party’s candidate for the Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency in 2004. He was re elected to a second term as Member of Parliament in the 2009 General Elections. He was elected for a third consecutive term in 2014 and 2019.
Many know him as a cement trader with an office in Shree Chambers Ramdev Galli Belagavi he grew his business and also his presence the BJP all by himself. But earlier to the cement agency he used to sell tea powder at the same place.
He was an active worker who led many strikes and protests in Belagavi and other northern districts. Like most BJP leaders in north Karnataka, he spent a lifetime in the party. He was not a defector from other parties.
He had the image of a soft spoken, non controversial leader.
Mr Angadi set up a series of colleges including Angadi institute of engineering and management.
He also started a degree college in his village and named it after his mother Somawwa.
His followers credit him for leading agitations and lobbying that led to the establishment of Belagavi institute of medical sciences, VTU and expansion of the Sambra airport.
His daughters are married to sons of industries minister Jagadish Shettar and retired IAS officer Shankar Patil. They have all rushed to New Delhi, family sources said.
As soon as he became the MoS Railways he has accomplished many things which was a dream for Belagavi. Railway activists have praised union minister of state for railways Suresh Angadi’s efficient handling of the department.
He fulfilled the demand for a super fast train from Bengaluru to Belagavi, and opened up the Kottur -Harihar line. He got the due sanctions for the Dharwad – Kittur railway line. He tried to resolve the land acquisition related issues in the Bagalkot – Kudchi line and the Gdag- Wadi line.
He set up terminal capacity facilities like a Pit Line and stabilising line that allow new trains in Belagavi. He also mooted the idea of setting up a goods shed near the Sambra airport to help exporters.
With inputs from The Hindu, PIB