Kumaraswamy is an Indian politician and 18th Chief Minister of Karnataka.
He was also a film producer and distributor of Kannada films.
And, is currently the President of Janata Dal (Secular) party.
The information given below is the brief biography of H.D. Kumaraswamy and states all the ups and downs faced by him during his political journey.
Portrait of Earlier Life and Education
Haradanahalli Devegowda Kumaraswamy Gowda was born on 16th of December 1959 in Haradanahalli, Holenarasipura Taluka, Hassan District, Karnataka to H.D Deve Gowda, a former Prime Minister of India and Chennamma.
Kumaraswamy didn’t have a chance to attend the playschool but has completed his primary education from Government school in Hassan District and his Secondary Education from Bangalore’s MES Educational institution in Jayanagar.
He pursued his PUC (Pre-University Course) from Vijaya College and B.SC from National College in Jayanagar, Bangalore.
Though he was the son of a well-known Politician of Karnataka, Kumaraswamy initially was not interested in the politics.
But the success of his father in politics resonated over his mind and made his interest shift to politics.
He made his entry into the politics by winning from Kanakapura, a rural district in Bangalore in general elections in the year 1996.
He lost to M.V Chandrashekhara Murthy in the re-election from Kanakapura 1998.
He contested again for the Sathanur assembly seat in 1999 but was unsuccessful one more time.
Later in the year 2004, he was elected to represent the Ramanagara assembly segment.
Coalition of the parties
During the 2004 state elections, the state faced a hassle in the assembly with no party getting enough seats to form a government.
But INC (Indian National Congress) and Janata Dal(Secular) held the responsibility and intellectually handled the situation by forming a coalition government which was headed by Dharam Singh.
Later Dharam Singh was elected as the Chief Minister of the Karnataka state on 28th of May in 2004.
Under Kumaraswamy’s leadership, about 42 MLA’s left the coalition and the government disintegrated.
Being the Chief Minister of Karnataka
After a leap of two years, in 2006, Kumaraswamy was invited by the Karnataka governor T.N Chaturvedi to form the government in the state after the resignation of Dharam Singh.
Kumaraswamy was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 3rd February 2006 and his term of ruling got to an end the very next year that is on 9th October 2007.
Though his rule lasted only for a year during his term the administration was the most matured and the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the state recorded all-time high.
He was called an accidental politician but was a democratic one.
During his service, he exposed many corruptions, scandal, and scams committed by other political parties in the state by releasing audio and video CD evidence as proof. And, due to this very reason, he is popularly known as “Kumaranna“.
He announced that he is resigning the authority as a part of a power-sharing agreement between Janata Dal (secular) and (BJP) Bhartiya Janata Party on 27th of September 2007.
On 4th of October he denied to transfer the power to BJP and on 8th of October he tendered his resignation to the Government; Rameshwar Thakur and the state was put under the president’s rule for two days.
Later, Kumaraswamy changed his mind and offered support to BJP.
And on 12th November 2007, the BJP member B.S Yeddyurappa was appointed as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Comeback of Kumaraswamy
Kumaraswamy made a comeback when he was elected as the president of the Janata Dal (secular) due to the untimely demise of previous Janata Dal President, Merajuddin Patel.
After a defeat in the by-election of Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha Constituency, he resigned the post of the president of the Janata Dal Party and also from the post opposition leader.
But, the party cadres successfully convinced him to not quit as opposition leader in the Karnataka Assembly.
Later Krishnappa was elected as the president of Janata Dal (Secular) party.
His service was so admired and praised, which ultimately again made him the President of Janata Dal (Secular) party in November 2014.
At a Glance
Kumaraswamy exercised the following positions during his journey in the politics.
- Elected to 11th Lok Sabha in 1996
- Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly (2004-2008)
- Chief Minister of Karnataka (February 2006 – October 2007)
- Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (2nd term, 2009)
- Member of Committee on Rural Development (2009)
- Member of Committee on Food Management (2009)
- Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly (2013)
- President of Janata Dal (Secular) party (2014)
Sketch of his Personal Life and Interest
Kumaraswamy was married to Anita on 13th of March 1986 in Bangalore and has a son named Nikhil Gowda.
Later in 2006, he married a veteran actress Radhika.
Kumaraswamy was so much into the film industry; film production and distribution were Kumaraswamy’s first love.
He produced many movies like Surya Vamsha, Chandra Chakori and more, which were a blockbuster back then.
He calls himself a great fan of actor Rajkumar and in an interview, he also admitted to wearing the clothes worn by Rajkumar in his movies.
Recently he produced a movie titled Jaguar in 2016.