N Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, passes away

Jul 27, 2017 16:00 IST

N Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, passes awayN. Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, passed away on 27 July 2017 Bengaluru following a heart attack. He was 80.

Singh had served as the 17th Chief Minister of Karnataka. He headed the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government from May 2004 to February 2006.

About N Dharam Singh

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

He was a Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for seven consecutive terms and a Member of Parliament representing Bidar in the 14th Lok Sabha.

He began his long innings in politics as an Independent Corporator in the Kalaburagi district City Municipal Council by contesting against his own brother.

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In the late 1960s, he joined the Indian National Congress and remained a staunch loyalist since then.

He served as a minister under various Chief Ministers such as Devaraj Urs, R. Gundu Rao, S. Bangarappa, M. Veerappa Moily and S. M. Krishna.

He also handled diverse portfolios such as Home, Excise, Social Welfare, Urban Development and Revenue.

When the 2004 state elections resulted in a hung assembly with no party getting enough seats to form a government, the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) parties decided to come together and form a coalition government. Dharam Singh was the unanimous choice of both parties to head the government.

He was sworn in as Chief Minister on 28 May 2004. He was the second leader from Kalaburgi to become Chief Minister after Veerendra Patil.

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Who: N Dharam Singh

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When: 27 July 2017

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