BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa has been controversy’s favourite child. And controversy did not leave him alone even during his ascent to the throne of Karnataka amid a murky legal battle in the country’s top-most court. BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Karnataka’s new chief minister on Thursday (17 May 2018) morning after the Supreme Court refused to stay the oath-taking ceremony in a rare late-night hearing.
But Who is BS Yeddyurappa? From the humdrum existence as a government clerk and a hardware store owner to becoming the chief minister of Karnataka for a second time, it has been a rollercoaster ride for B S Yeddyurappa. Here is a brief interesting history of BSY’s political career in Karnataka state which has seen many a highs and lows.
Here is a brief profile of BS Yeddyurappa
1. Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa or BS Yeddyurappa was born in Bookanakere village of Mandya District in Karnataka.
2. Yeddyurappa married in 1967 and has two sons and three daughters. His wife, Maithra Devi passed away in 2004.
3. After completing his Pre-University College education from PES College, Mandya, which is equivalent to 12th standard, he worked as a clerk in Veerabhadra Shastri’s Shankar rice mill.
4. In 1967, Yeddyurappa married Mythradevi. She was the daughter of Veerabhadra Shastri, the owner rice mill, where he worked as a clerk.
5. Yeddyurappa’s political career began in 1979 when he became the secretary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Shikaripur. BSY’s journey with BJP began in 1980 when he was appointed President of the Shikaripura taluk unit of the BJP.
6. He first contested the election in 1983 from Shikaripura constituency and became an MLA. Since then, he had represented the constituency six times. In 1985 he was made the president of BJP’s Shimoga district unit and just three years later in 1988, he became the President of the BJP.
7. He came to the center of Karnataka politics when he helped JD-S’s HD Kumaraswamy to topple Dharam Singh government. He became deputy chief minister in Kumaraswamy’s government.
8. In Karnataka’s 2008 Assembly elections, Yeddyurappa led the BJP to a historic victory in the state and Karnataka became the gateway to the south India for the saffron party.
9. Corruption charges: The Karnataka Lokayukta while investigating the illegal mining case submitted a report which indicted Yeddyurappa for illegally profiteering from land deals in Bangalore and Shimoga. He also faced charge in connection with the illegal iron ore export scam in Bellary, Tumkur and Chitradurga. He was asked to resign from the post after his name featured in the illegal mining case.
10. After resigning from the post and party, Yeddyurappa’s formed his own party- Karnataka Janata Paksha but merged with the BJP at the time of 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
11. Freedom from corruption charges: Karnataka High Court set aside the sanction given by then Governor HR Bhardwaj for BSY’s prosecution in several cases of alleged illegal denotification of land, and asked the present Governor Vajubhai Vala to have a fresh look at it. A special Lokayukta court then struck down four other FIRs against him. Other cases against him were also dropped.
12. Yeddyurappa has three daughters, Arunadevi, Padmavati and Umadevi. His wife Mytradevi died under mysterious circumstances in 2004. Her body was found in a well near their house in Shimoga.
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