B S Yeddyurappa Biography

Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa is an Indian politician who recently sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 17 May 2018. He is the state president of BJP for Karnataka state, the largest legislative party in the state that won 104 seats in the 2018 assembly elections. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India and represents the Shimoga constituency.

B S Yeddyurappa Background

Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa was born on 27 February 1943 in Bookanakere in K.R.Pet taluk of Mandya district. He was born to Siddalingappa and Puttathayamma. He completed his Pre-University College education from PES college, Mandya, which is equivalent to 12th standard. In 1965, he joined the social welfare department as a first-division clerk. Later on, he left the job and moved to Shikaripura where he worked as a clerk at Veerabhadra Shastri’s Shankar rice mill.

In 1967, Yeddyurappa married Mythradevi, the daughter of the rice mill owner. Yeddyurappa has two sons, Raghavendra, currently member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly representing Shikaripur Assembly Constituency and Vijayendra, and has three daughters, Arunadevi, Padmavati and Umadevi.

B S Yeddyurappa’s political career

B S Yeddyurappa’s political career began after his appointment as a Secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Shikaripur unit in 1970. After two years, he was elected to the Shikaripura Town Municipality. In the same year, he was also appointed as the President of the Taluk unit of the Jana Sangh. In the year 1975, Yeddyurappa was made the President of the Town Municipality of Shikaripura.

His journey with BJP began in 1980 when he was appointed President of the Shikaripura taluk unit of the BJP. In 1983, he got elected to Karnataka Assembly from Shikaripura Constituency which he has represented six times till date. He was chosen as the president of BJP’s Shimoga district unit in 1985 and in just three years, he became the President of the BJP in Karnataka.

He again became the Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in the 1994 Karnataka assembly elections. Five years later, when he lost the Assembly elections, he was proposed by the BJP to become a member of the legislative council (upper house) of Karnataka. In 2004, he was re-elected as the the Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He initiated several welfare schemes such as the Bhagyalakshmi scheme, bicycles for students, a ban on arrack and farm loan waivers when in power.

In 2008 Karnataka Assembly elections, Yeddyurappa contested from Shikaripura against the former chief minister S. Bangarappa of the Samajwadi Party. He won the elections by a margin of more than 45,000 votes. This victory of Yeddyurappa led BJP to its first ever win in South India and he was sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka on the 30th of May 2008. BJP never had a presence in Karnataka but Yeddyurappa and his core group have played an important role in crafting a victory for the BJP in 2008.

on 30 November 2012, he resigned as Member of the Legislative Assembly and also from the membership of BJP and launched his own party, Karnataka Janata Paksha in the same year. In the 2013 Assembly elections, he was again elected from Shikaripura Constituency of Shivamogga district.

Yeddyurappa officially merged his party with the BJP on the 2nd of January 2014 ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He contested elections from the Shimoga district of Karnataka in 2014 Lok Sabha election and won by a margin of 363,305 votes. On 8th April 2016, Yeddyurappa was re-appointed as the BJP President for Karnataka state.

B S Yeddyurappa Current political role

Yeddyurappa was the chief ministerial candidate for BJP in 2018 Karnataka assembly elections. But the party managed to win only 104 seats, 8 short of the 112 mark of simple majority.

The Supreme Court announced its decision in the favor of BJP over the petition filed by the Congress and JD(S) state president H. D. Kumaraswamy against the Governor’s decision dated 16 May 2018 asking Yeddyurappa to form the government in Karnataka as his party has the maximum share of votes. As a result, Yeddyurappa took an oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 17 May 2018. But there is a condition. He is required to seek a vote of confidence and prove his majority in the assembly within 15 days of swearing-in as the CM. The only possible hindrance in Mr Yeddyurappa’s way to continue being the CM of Karnataka is the question of numbers. His party is just short of 8 seats and he can’t fully celebrate until he has proved that he has the numbers  After splitting with Janata Dal After splitting with Janata Dal, Siddaramaiah joined the Janata Dal (Secular) party of Deve Gowda and became the president of its state component. However, he lost the 1999 state elections. In 2004, he was again appointed as Deputy Chief Minister. In 2006, Siddaramaiah was expelled from JD (S). He then acquired mass support from the backward classes and joined the Congress party. In the 2008 state Assembly elections, he was re-elected for the fifth time from the Varuna Constituency.

In the 2013 Karnataka elections on 8th May 2013, the congress won the elections and Siddaramaiah was elected as the leader of the Congress legislative party in Karnataka on 10th May 2013. On 13th May 2013 he was made the Chief Minister of Karnataka.