B.S. Yeddyurappa (Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa) is a born leader and an Indian politician.
He is the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the forthcoming Karnataka assembly polls.
From the Bharatiya Janata Party, he was the first individual in the order to be elected as the Chief Minister of a South Indian state.
B.S. Yeddyurappa has been constantly functioning on enhancing the party to make it more powerful and is today acknowledged as one of the outstanding leaders.
In 2011, due to the supposed mistreatment gave out to Yeddyurappa by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) High Command, he abandoned the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Later on, Yeddyurappa found the Karnataka Janata Paksha himself.
Despite, in 2014, he merged it with BJP and accompanied the party again.
B.S. Yeddyurappa was born to a farmer’s family at Bookanakere of Krishnarajpet Taluk in Mandya District on 27th February 1943.
His parents are Siddalingappa, who is a farmer and Puttatayamma and is survived by two brothers and two sisters.
Yeddyurappa finished his Graduation from P.E.S. College of Engineering, Mandya.
He was the 19th Chief Minister of Karnataka and is presently serving as the president of Karnataka BJP.
In 1965, Yeddyurappa traveled to Shikaripura in Shivamogga district for extending the work of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
As a result of his modesty and determined dedication towards the work, he pioneered an excellent bonding with the public and people of Shikaripura.
In 1967, he got married to Maitradevi and is bestowed with two sons and three daughters.
In 2004, his wife died in an unfortunate incident where she fell in the well.
From an early age, Yeddyurappa was always interested in politics and was associated with the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh).
Yeddyurappa’s public assistance began in 1970 when he was delegated as Karyavaha (Secretary) of the RSS’s Shikaripura unit.
In 1972, he was chosen at the Municipality of Shikaripura Town and was also named as the President of the Taluk unit of the Jana Sangh.
In 1975, he was elected as a President of the Shikaripura Town Municipality.
In 1975, during the Emergency, B.S. Yeddyurappa was imprisoned in the Bellary and Shimoga prison.
Later in 1976, he was voted as the Shikaripura Town Municipality Member.
Next, in 1980, he was named the Shikaripura Municipality President of the BJP and subsequently continued to emerge as the President of BJP’s Shimoga district.
In 1983, he was first elected to the lower house of the Karnataka Legislature and has subsequently represented the Shikaripura constituency six times.
In 1988, he became the President of the BJP in Karnataka State.
He has been a representative of the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Twelfth and Thirteenth Legislative Assemblies (lower house) of Karnataka.
Development in his Political career
Succeeding the 1994 state assembly elections, he became the Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
Later in 1999, he did not succeed the elections but was proposed by the BJP to become a member of the legislative council (upper house) of Karnataka.
Further, he was put in power one more time in 2004 and became the Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly during the tenure of Dharam Singh.
He was voted in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka on 3rd February 2006 in the JD(S) and BJP Coalition Government.
In 2008 Assembly elections of Karnataka, Yeddyurappa competed from Shikaripura.
Despite, all the odds, Yeddyurappa succeeded by a surplus 45,000 votes.
He also led the BJP to a remarkable win in the state and Karnataka became the passage for the BJP in south India.
He was sworn in as the Chief Minister on 30 May 2008.
Political Downfall and Rise
Yeddyurappa’s reign as Chief Minister ended early as a result of his connection in a corruption scandal.
However, during his tenure, according to the report submitted by the Karnataka Lokayukta, inspecting the illicit mining case, Yeddyurappa was accused in the land scam in Bangalore and Shimoga along with illegitimate iron ore export scam in Bellary, Tumkur and Chitradurga districts of Karnataka.
Due to subsequent pressure from his party, he submitted his resignation.
Later, he formally started his own party called the Karnataka Janata Paksha.
He got elected as MLA from Shikaripura Constituency in May 2013.
Later, he united with the BJP again before 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Yeddyurappa was a very favored leader among the public because of his well-acquaintance attitude towards people.
He has extreme regard for the peasants and the marginalized poor.
Following are some the achievements attained during his tenure:
- From 1974 to 1976, he administered as the Director of Veerashaiva Cooperative Society and carried out a satisfying assistance in the field of the cooperative sector.
- He defended by supporting the privileges of Bagar Hukum Farmers (Landless people who unauthorizedly cultivate Govt. lands)
- He also stopped the Forest Department from sowing Eucalyptus saplings in the lands which were in the custody of the Bagar Hukum Farmers.
- He supported the movement of more than 1700 bonded laborers and drove this group to the Shivamogga Deputy Commissioner’s Office claiming the release and restoration of the Bonded Laborers; due to this, all the laborers earned allowance and are directing a life of freedom.
- Midst of August 1987, he toured throughout Shikaripura Taluk on a bicycle to inspect the drought and dropped by all the villages to have the earliest exposure of the bad effects of the drought and accordingly, the Government carried drought relief work instantaneously.
- During his tenure as the Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister, he auspiciously bestowed two budgets with a sense of Development and Welfare of People.
- It was believed that the BJP is a party for urban people, Yeddyurappa turned out the people wrong by actively functioning for farmers and agriculture workers and acknowledging BJP as the farmer’s party.
“If a scheme similar to Bhagyalakshmi had been implemented 10 years ago, today thousands of girls would have been pursuing professional education. Implementing the scheme has given me great satisfaction”. -Yeddyurappa