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Who is K. Siddaramaiah?

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 siddaramaiah_350_051013063853New Delhi, May 14 – backward caste leader with a big support-base among the Kuruba community in Karnataka, K. Siddaramaiah rose to great heights within a short span of his political career. Born on August 12, 1948 at Siddaramanahundi in Mysore District, he was twice the Deputy Chief Minister of the state. He had earlier announced that 2013 assembly election would be his last election.
Here are some milestones of his political career.
– Siddaramaiah began his political career in 1978 when he was elected to the Mysore Taluk Board.- He entered the 7th Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1983 from Chamundeshwari constituency on Bharatiya Lok Dal ticket.- He came to limelight when he was elected as the first president of Kannada Kavalu Samiti for the implementation of Kannada as official language.

– He was the minister for Sericulture, Animal Husbandry and Transport at different stages in Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde’s government.

– In 1989, he was defeated in assembly elections by veteran Congress leader Rajashekaramurthy.

– He was appointed as Secretary General of Janata Dal in 1992 after H. D. Deve Gowda and Ramakrishna Hegde joined hands.

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– In the Janata Dal government headed by Deve Gowda in 1994, he became the Minister for Finance.

– In 1996 when J. H. Patel became the Chief Minister, he was made the Deputy Chief minister of the state.

– He became the state President of Janata Dal (Secular) after he joined Deve Gowda faction.

– He lost the Karnataka Legislative Assembly election in 1999.

– He was again appointed Deputy Chief Minister in 2004, when the Congress and JDS formed a coalition government with Dharam Singh as the Chief minister.

– It was in 2006 when he joined the Congress, saying goodbye to his mentor Deve Gowda.

– In 2008 he was re-elected for the fifth time from Varuna Constituency in the state Assembly Elections.

– Siddaramaiah won had earlier announced that 2013 assembly election would be his last election.

– He contested the 2013 state Assembly elections from Varuna Constituency and won, only to become the 22nd Chief Minister of the state.

INDIA TODAY