Udupi: Five time MLA and former minister Vasanth V Salian died of heart attack in a private hospital here, on 25 July evening.
According to sources, Salian is said to have experienced chest pain. He was brought to a private hospital in Ambalpadi Udupi, where he breathed his last.
Salian is survived by his wife and two daughters. Vasant V Salian had previously served as the State Fisheries Minister and Udupi District Minister under M Veerappa Moily (1993-94) and S M Krishna (2002-04) led Congress Government. He was also a 5 time MLA from the Congress party. In 2004 and 2008, he had lost to sitting MLA Lalaji R Mendon by a slight margin. Upset at not getting a Congress ticket, he joined the JD(S) during the 2013 Assembly elections, contested from Kaup constituency and lost.
District in-charge minister Vinay Kumar Sorake visited the hospital and consoled Salian’s family members.
Senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, M A Gafoor, MLA Pramod Madhwarj, Gopal Poojary and Former MLA Gopal Bhandary also extended their condolences to Vasanth Salian’s Family.
BJP State president Prahlad Joshi, former Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, MP Shobha Karandlaje, BJP district president Thingale Vikramarjuna Hegde, former Kaup MLA Lalaji R Mendon also expressed their deepest condolences over the death of Vasanth Salian.