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From a rice mill clerk to south’s first BJP CM, a look back at Yeddyurappa’s political journey

During his 75th birthday this year, not only did he have Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his side but he was also given an assurance of being the CM face if the BJP came to power in the state.

  From serving as secretary to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to becoming the first BJP chief minister in the south and later getting tainted with allegations of corruption, it has been a rollercoaster ride for B S Yeddyurappa, the CM choice of the saffron party for the Assembly elections.

Born in a village called Bookanakere in KR Pet taluk of Mandya district in 1943, Yeddyurappa was named after the presiding deity of a Shaivite temple built by saint Siddalingeshwara at Yediyur in Tumkuru district. After completing his graduation, he first worked as a clerk in a rice mill before joining the Sangh and later getting appointed as the President of the Taluk unit of the Jana Sangh in 1972.

It was in 1983 that he was first elected to the lower house of the Karnataka Legislature; he represented Shikaripura constituency six times. In 1988, he was appointed as the president of the state BJP. Following the 1994 state assembly elections, he became the Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. While he lost the elections in 1999, he was nominated by the BJP to become a member of the legislative council of Karnataka. He was re-elected in 2004 and became the Leader of Opposition in Assembly during the chief ministership of Dharam Singh.



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