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Karnataka CLP Leader, Chairman of Government-alliance Coordination Committee.
Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
for Badami
Assumed office
23 May 2018
22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka
In office
13 May 2013 – 17 May 2018
GovernorH. R. Bhardwaj
Konijeti Rosaiah
Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala
Preceded byJagadish Shettar
Succeeded byB. S. Yeddyurappa
ConstituencyVaruna, Mysore
Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
In office
16 May 1996 – 7 October 1999
Preceded byJ. H. Patel
Succeeded byhimself
In office
28 May 2004 – 5 August 2005[1]
Preceded byhimself
Succeeded byM. P. Prakash
ConstituencyChamundeshwari, Mysore
Personal details
Born (1948-08-12) 12 August 1948 (age 70)
Siddaramanahundi, Kingdom of Mysore, India
(now in Karnataka, India)
Political partyHand INC Indian National Congress (since 12 years, 273 days)
Other political
Indian Election Symbol Lady FarmerJanata Dal (Secular) (until 2006)
Alma mater

Siddaramaiah (born 12 August 1948)[2] is an Indian politician and was the 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka from 2013 to 2018. He is a member of Congress Working Committee.[3][4] Currently a leader of the Indian National Congress party,[5] Siddaramaiah was a member of various Janata Parivar factions for several years.[6] Earlier, as a Janata Dal (Secular) leader, he was Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka on two occasions.[7] On 13 May 2013 he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.[8]

Early life[edit]

He was born to Siddarame Gowda and Boramma in a remote village called Siddaramanahundi in Varuna Hobli near to T.Narasipura of Mysore District in a farming family.[9] He had no formal schooling until he was ten but went on to do his B.Sc and Bachelor of Law from Mysore University. He is a leader from the Kuruba Gowda community.[10][11][12][13] He is the second amongst five siblings.[14]


Siddaramaiah was a junior under a lawyer, Chikkaboraiah, in Mysore and later taught law for some time.[15]

Political career[edit]

Before 1978, he began political career when Nanjunda Swamy, a lawyer in Mysore, spotted him at the district courts as a law graduate. He was asked to contest and was elected to the Mysore Taluka. He contested on a Bharatiya Lok Dal ticket from Chamundeshwari constituency and entered the 7th Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1983. This was a surprise victory for all and it earned him a lot of name and fame in the Old Mysore region.

Later he joined the ruling Janata Party and became the first president of the Kannada Surveillance Committee (Kannada Kavalu Samiti), set up to supervise the implementation of Kannada as an official language. During the mid-term polls in 1985, Siddaramaiah was re-elected from the same constituency and became Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services. In Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde's government, he handled diverse portfolios such as Sericulture, Animal Husbandry and Transport at different stages.

He first suffered defeat in the 1989 Assembly elections, beaten by a veteran Congress leader, M. Rajasekara Murthy. Later in 1992, he was appointed as Secretary General of Janata Dal, which H. D. Deve Gowda had also joined. He was elected again in the 1994 State Elections and became the Minister for Finance in the Janata Dal government headed by Deve Gowda. He was made Deputy Chief Minister when J. H. Patel became Chief Minister in 1996. After the split in the Janata Dal, he joined the Janata Dal (Secular) faction of Deve Gowda and became the president of its state unit. However, he lost in the 1999 state elections. In 2004, when the Indian National Congress and JD (S) formed a coalition government with Dharam Singh as Chief Minister, he was again appointed as Deputy Chief Minister.[16]


In 2005, after differences with H. D. Deve Gowda, Siddaramaiah was expelled from JD (S). He wanted to form a regional party "ABPJD" in the state after quitting the JD (S), but he did not because regional parties formed earlier in Karnataka had not survived.[17] He subsequently garnered mass support from the backward classes and joined the Congress at a large public meeting held in Bangalore, in Sonia Gandhi's presence. He won the Chamundeshwari bypolls held in December 2006, by a margin of 257 votes against M. Shivabasappa of JD (S), despite a fierce campaign against him by Deve Gowda, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister Yeddyurappa in the constituency.[16] In the 2008 state Assembly elections, he contested from Varuna Constituency and was re-elected for the fifth time.

He won the 2013 election from the same constituency on 8 May 2013. He was elected as the leader of the Congress legislative party in the Karnataka assembly on 10 May 2013.[18] He had previously announced that the 2013 Assembly election would be his last election,[19] but in the 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly election he went on to contest in two constituencies, i.e. Chamundeshwari and Badami, and turned out to win only in Badami and that too with a narrow margin of 1,696 votes.And he was the chairman of coordination committee that coordinates cong-JDS coalition govt.

Chief Minister of Karnataka[edit]

Siddaramaiah was elected as Chief Minister after Congress adopted secret balloting to select the new chief minister.[20][21] He led the Indian National Congress to victory by achieving an absolute majority of 122/224 seats in the 2013 Legislative Assembly election.[22]

On 15 May 2018, he resigned from his position of the chief minister of Karnataka, respecting the verdict of the 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly election.[23] He also became the first chief minister of Karnataka to serve full 5 years term in 40 years, and the second in the history of the southern state after Devaraj Urs.[24] He also holds the record of presenting state budget for 13 times as a finance minister in Government of Karnataka. Despite allegations of mounting debt on state exchequer by the opposition, he is known for maintaining fiscal prudence within the ambit of Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act of the state.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Siddaramaiah is married to Parvathi and had two sons: late Rakesh, who did a few film roles and Yathindra, who is a doctor. Rakesh died in July 2016 in Belgium due to multiple organ failure. As revealed by the Facebook profiles of some of his friends who were traveling with him, they were possibly attending ‘Tomorrowland’, one of the world’s biggest electronic dance music festivals, held annually in Belgium.[26] His older son, Dr. Yathindra contested the 2018 Legislative Assembly elections and won from the seat of Varuna in Mysuru, formerly his father’s seat, by over 45,000 votes.

Siddaramaiah has stated on record that he is an atheist,[27] though he has more recently clarified his public stance on the subject: "Word has spread that I am an atheist, which I am not. I am spiritual -- I have participated in festivities as child. I have visited some of the popular pilgrimage centres. But I am definitely against superstition, as I view everything from science point of view,".[28]


Siddaramaiah has been accused of protecting a Hong Kong based MLM/Pyramid structure company 'QI Group of Companies' (QNet), headed by Vijay Eswaran. Qnet is declared as a threat to national security by the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO). Siddaramaiah handed over the diamond-studded Hublot watch allegedly gifted by Vijay Eswaran for facilitating the working of this Direst Selling/MLM company. In September 2013, Siddaramaiah met the absconder Eswaran in China, which was published in Government of Karnataka's Information and Public Relation Departments website in September 11, 2013.[29]

Positions held[edit]

  • Member Congress working committee

(Since 17 July 2018) (Highest decision making body of Congress Party)

  • Chief Minister of Karnataka (13 May 2013 – 15 May 2018)
  • Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka (twice, 1996 and 2004)
  • Minister for Finance
  • Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (1985)
  • Minister for Sericulture and Animal Husbandry
  • Minister for Transport
  • Minister for Higher Education

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Special Correspondent: Siddaramaiah, two others dropped., The Hindu, 6 August 2005.
  2. ^ "ಬಾಳಪಯಣ" [Biography] (in Kannada). Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  3. ^ Prabhu, Nagesh (19 July 2018). "CWC membership means it's a triple role for Siddaramaiah". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "I'm Sidda-Rama and 100% Hindu: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah".
  6. ^ Raghuram, M. (10 May 2013). "Siddaramaiah: How a Mysore boy made it to the top". DNA. Mysore. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  7. ^ Kulkarni, Mahesh (8 May 2013). "Siddaramaiah - Profiling the front runner for K'taka CM". Business Standard. Bangalore. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Siddaramaiah sworn in as Karnataka chief minister".
  9. ^ Raghuram, M. (11 May 2013). "He was born headstrong: Siddaramaiah". DNA. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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  12. ^ Sudhir, T. S. (10 May 2013). "Deve Gowda, Kumaraswamy mutely watch Siddaramaiah's rise". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  13. ^ Hegde, Bhaskar (10 May 2013). "If denied CM gaddi, irked Siddaramaiah likely to revive AHINDA". Deccan Chronicle. Bengaluru. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  14. ^ Bennur, Shankar (11 May 2013). "Siddaramanahundi celebrates elevation of its proud son". The Hindu. Siddaramanahundi. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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  16. ^ a b "Siddaramaiah journey so far". The Times of India. Bangalore. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Siddaramaiah quits assembly, to join Congress soon". Whereincity. Bangalore. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  18. ^ "Siddaramaiah elected as CLP leader, set to be Karnataka CM". Hindustan Times. Bangalore. PTI. 10 May 2013. Archived from the original on 11 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  19. ^ Rajendran, S. (10 May 2013). "A decade-long wait ends for Siddaramaiah". The Hindu. Bangalore. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  20. ^ "Siddaramaiah elected Karnataka's new chief minister in secret ballot". The Times of India. Bangalore. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  21. ^ "Karnataka: Siddaramaiah elected Congress Legislative Party leader, set to be CM". CNN-IBN. Bangalore. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  22. ^ Siddaramaiah rated fourth most popular Chief Minister in the country
  23. ^ "Siddaramaiah resigns after Cong defeat in Karnataka polls - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Siddaramaiah becomes first Karnataka CM in 40 years to finish full term". India Today. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  25. ^
  26. ^ "Rakesh Siddaramaiah, Karnataka CM's son, dies in Belgium". The Indian Express. New Delhi. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  27. ^ "Siddaramaiah to file defamation case against Yeddyurappa". The Hindu. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  28. ^ "I'm not an atheist says Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah". Mail Today. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  29. ^ "BJP rakes up Hublot watch row to take on Siddaramaiah". 6 May 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018. External link in |work= (help)

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Political offices
Preceded by
J. H. Patel
Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
31 May 1996 – 7 October 1999
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
28 May 2004 – 5 August 2005
Succeeded by
M. P. Prakash
Preceded by
Jagadish Shettar
Chief Minister of Karnataka
13 May 2013 - 15 May 2018
Succeeded by
B. S. Yeddyurappa