Shri Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Karnataka State
Name : Siddaramaiah
Date of Birth : 12 August 1948
Constituency : Chamundeshwari, Mysore
Education : B.Sc and Bachelor of Law from Mysore University.
Before 1978, he began political career when Najunda 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 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 JDS formed a coalition government with Dharam Singh as Chief Minister, he was again appointed as Deputy Chief Minister.
- Chief Minister of Karnataka (13 May 2013 – present)
- 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