55-year-old BJP leader and first time Rajyasabha MP from Karnataka Ashok Gasti passed away due to Covid 19 .
He had been battling a severe Covid infection since 2 September and died in a private hospital in Bengaluru late Thursday.

The BJP leader had been battling a severe Covid infection since 2 September, and remained critical for over a week, said sources in the Manipal Hospital where Gasti had been kept in the intensive care unit.