Chief Minister of Karnataka -Haradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy

Haradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy is an influential Indian politician from Karnataka. He is the son of former Prime Minister, Sri. H.D. Devegowda and the leader of Janata Dal (Secular). He sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka for the second time on 23rd May 2018. Popularly known as "Kumaranna", he has a huge fan base because of his aggressive approach.

Early life and education

Kumaraswamy was born on 16 December 1959 to H. D. Deve Gowda and Chennamma in Hassan District of Karnataka.He completed his primary schooling from a government school in Hassan District and his high school education from MES Educational Institution in Jayanagar. He completed his PUC from Vijaya College and earned his B.Sc. from the National College in Jayanagar, Bangalore.

His married life has been quite controversial. Firstly, he got married to his first wife, Anitha on 13 March, 1986, with whom he has a son named Nikhil Gowda. Then, in 2006, Kumaraswamy married Kannada actress Radhika even though his wife was still alive and they have not neen separated. He has a daughter with Radhika named Shamika K. Swamy. This marriage was seen as a violation of the marriage code under Hindu Personal Law and section 494 of Indian Penal Code. However, Karnataka High Court dismissed the case on the basis of lack of evidence.

Kumaraswamy political career

Kumaraswamy made his entry into politics after winning the general elections in 1996 from Kanakapura Lok Sabha constituency. Just like his father, he too enjoys the support of the powerful Vokkaligga community in the state.

The state of Karnataka faced the similar situation as in 2018 of a fractured mandate in 2004. At that time, the Congress and JD(S) had joined their hands and formed a coalition government. Dharam Singh of the Congress, being the unanimous choice of both parties, was elected to head the government and was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 28 May 2004. Kumaraswamy, along with 42 MLAs of the Janata Dal (Secular), left the coalition on January 28, 2006, after which the government collapsed. Later on, when Karnataka Governor T. N. Chaturvedi reached out to Kumaraswamy to form the government in the state, Kumaraswamy became the chief minister of Karnataka from 4 February 2006 to 9 October 2007 under a power-sharing agreement with the BJP. He resigned from his chief ministerial post after denying transferring the power to BJP as per the agreement.

Kumaraswamy was elected as Karnataka state Janata Dal (Secular) President in November 2014.

In 2018 elections in Karnataka state, JD(S) was on the third position with just 36 seats in its kitty but after a post-poll alliance with the Indian National Congress, he became the Chief Minister on 23rd May 2018.

His Achievements

Kumaraswamy's contributions in taking his state to the next level are something to be admired and appreciated. He has made a mark for himself through people-friendly programmes, which benefited both rural and urban masses. He relentlessly supported the industries and was also committed to improving infrastructural facilities in Karnataka. He focused on the upgradation of the areas located on the outskirts of Bangalore by taking up several developmental projects. While taking a tour around the nooks and corners of the state, he interacted with the people, noted their problems, and directed his officials to help them in every possible way. In Bangalore, he started a weekly initiative, Janatha Darshana, which was the biggest popular programme in the state.

List of Chief Ministers (CM) of Karnataka

Sl.No.Name of Chief MinistersFromToParty
1K. Chengalaraya ReddyOct 25, 1947Mar 30, 1952INC
2Kengal HanumanthaiahMar 30, 1952Aug 19, 1956INC
3Kadidal ManjappaAug 19, 1956Oct 31, 1956INC
4S. NijalingappaNov 1, 1956Apr 10, 1957INC
5S. NijalingappaApr 10, 1957May 16, 1958INC
6B. D. JattiMay 16, 1958Mar 9, 1962INC
7S. R. KanthiMar 14, 1962Jun 20, 1962INC
8S. NijalingappaJun 21, 1962Mar 3, 1967INC
9S. NijalingappaMar 3, 1967May 29, 1968 
10Veerendra PatilMay 29, 1968Mar 18, 1971INC
  President's ruleMar 19, 1971Mar 20, 1972 
11D. Devaraj UrsMar 20, 1972Dec 31, 1977INC
  President's ruleDec 31, 1977Feb 28, 1978 
12D. Devaraj UrsFeb 28, 1978Jan 7, 1980INC
13R. Gundu RaoJan 12, 1980Jan 6, 1983INC
14Ramakrishna HegdeJan 10, 1983Dec 29, 1984JNP
15Ramakrishna HegdeMar 8, 1985Feb 13, 1986JNP
16Ramakrishna HegdeFeb 16, 1986Aug 10, 1988JNP
17S. R. BommaiAug 13, 1988Apr 21, 1989JNP
  President's ruleApr 21, 1989Nov 30, 1989 
18Veerendra PatilNov 30, 1989Oct 10, 1990INC
  President's ruleOct 10, 1990Oct 17, 1990 
19S. BangarappaOct 17, 1990Nov 19, 1992INC
20M. Veerappa MoilyNov 19, 1992Dec 11, 1994INC
21H. D. Deve GowdaDec 11, 1994May 31, 1996JD
22J. H. PatelMay 31, 1996Oct 7, 1999JD
23S. M. KrishnaOct 11, 1999May 28, 2004INC
24Dharam SinghMay 28, 2004Jan 28, 2006INC, JD(S)
25H. D. KumaraswamyFeb 3, 2006Oct 8, 2007BJP-JD(S)
  President's ruleOct 9, 2007Nov 11, 2007 
26B. S. YeddyurappaNov 12, 2007Nov 19, 2007BJP
  President's ruleNov 20, 2007May 29, 2008 
27B. S. YeddyurappaMay 30, 2008Jul 31, 2011BJP
28D. V. Sadananda GowdaAug 4, 2011Jul 12, 2012BJP
29Jagadish ShettarJul 12, 2012May 12, 2013BJP
30SiddaramaiahMay 13, 2013May 17, 2018INC
31Haradanahalli Devegowda KumaraswamyMay 19, 2018PresentJD(S)

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Last Updated on : May 19, 2018

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