Dharam Singh Narayan Singh was an Indian politician, born on December 25, 1936.

He was the 17th Chief Minister of Karnataka and gave his service to the State from the year 2004 to 2006.

For seven consecutive years, he also was a Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.

In the 14th Lok Sabha, he was a Member of the Parliament from Bidar.

He passed away on July 27, 2017, due to a cardiac arrest.

Early Life of Dharam Singh

Singh was born in Jewargi taluk, in the Nelogi village of Gulbarga District, which in those days was in the Hyderabad State and in present-day, belongs to Karnataka.

He has a Master’s and is a law degree holder from Osmania University, Hyderabad and was a practicing advocate.

A well-mannered leader, by all his virtues, has earned the sobriquet – Ajatha Shatru (meaning- a man without enemies).

Dharam Singh was well-known for moving with the flow.

Political Career of N. Dharam Singh

Dharam Singh has grown to be one of the top-ranking leaders from North Karnataka, winning from the Jewargi Assembly constituency for eight continuous years.

In the year 1999, he missed the Chief Minister’s chair by a whisk, since the Congress decided to appoint that time’s Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President S. M. Krishna as the Chief Minister, who drove the party to victory in the elections.

As a KPCC President, Dharam Singh played an important role in refreshing the falling fortunes of the Congress party, which was later carried ahead at a National level by late Sitaram Kesari.

He joined the Congress party in late 1960’s and since then remained a loyal member of the party, without disconnecting from it even during its most difficult times at various steps.

Career Advancements of Dharam Singh

Dharam Singh never followed the footsteps of his mentor, who was also a Chief Minister, late Shri D. Devaraj Urs, when he quitted the Congress party and developed his own fit.

Nor did he do the same when his close friend and also a former Chief Minister S Bangarappa resigned from Congress.

When the Congress Party was voted to power with a good majority, Dharam Singh, unlike senior ministers. did not jump in the circle when there was a discussion related to the selection of Chief Minister.

He said: “If everyone elects me unanimously, I will take up the post. I don’t want to engage in competition”.

Without showing any effects of discouragement, Singh started his work in the Krishna Ministry and also performed his duty in the Public Works Department efficiently.

In the early period of his career, when he was a Minister, he had efficiently presented himself in the profile of many ministries, such as Home department, Excise department, Social Welfare development, Urban Development, and Revenue department.

Dharam Singh was known for his adaptability to work in various ministries.

He even gave his service in the Ministry of late R Gundu Rao.

Singh has also worked for the Ministries of Bangarappa, Veerendra Patil, and S. M. Krishna.

Dharam Singh’s Career in Gulbarga Parliament

In 1980, Dharam Singh also joined as a Lok Sabha member from the constituency of Gulbarga Parliamentary, apart from his four-decade-long association in State politics.

Later, he moved back from the Gulbarga Lok Sabha seat to let C. M. Stephen go ahead, a Union Home Minister of that time from the Cabinet of Indira Gandhi, after he got defeated in the Delhi elections to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

After late Veerendra Patil, he is considered to be the second politician from Gulbarga to be appointed as a Chief Minister.

Controversies surrounding Dharam Singh

Keeping himself away from controversies is one thing Dharam Singh has dedicatedly followed throughout his political journey.

He had begun his career as an independent corporator, from City Municipal Council of Gulbarga.

He was regarded as a low profile and controversy-shy person but an astute politician by nature.

Due to a sudden cardiac arrest, he died on 27 July 2017 in Bengaluru.

He was 80 when he died.

A glimpse of Dharam Singh’s Positions in his Career

Let’s now have a quick look at all the positions that N. Dharam Singh held throughout his political career.

  • In 1967, he managed himself as a Counselor in City Municipal Council of Gulbarga
  • The 1972-2008 period saw him as an Assembly Member of Karnataka Legislative
  • He was also a Member of Backward Classes Commission of State
  • Singh positioned himself in various ministries as a minister for:
    • Urban Development, Karnataka.
    • Home & Excise, Karnataka.
    • Revenue and Social Welfare.
  • Singh was elected as a KPCC President
  • In 1999-2004, he again led as a Minister of Public Works, Karnataka and also PWD minister of Karnataka.
  • In 2004-2006, he was appointed as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
  • 2006-2007, he was elected as a Leader of Opposition to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
  • Lastly, in 2009-2014, he became a Member of the Parliament.