Karnataka Minister V S Acharya dead

Bangalore: Senior BJP leader and Karnataka Higher Education Minister V S Acharya collapsed while attending a function and died here today.  Acharya, 71, was soon after rushed to a hospital, officials said.

He was not keeping well for some time. "He (Acharya) is no more with us", Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, said as he rushed to the Hospital to pay his last respects.

A member of the Legislative Council, he also held the portfolios of Planning and Statistics, Information Technology and Biotechnology. He is survived by wife, four sons and a daughter.

A registered medical practitioner, Acharya, born on July 6, 1940, started his political career in the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh and was President of Udupi city Municipality from 1968 to 1976. Acharya had served as Home Minister in the B S Yeddyurappa ministry.