Siddaramaiah as CM in 2017
|22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka|
13 May 2013 – 17 May 2018
|Governor||H. R. Bhardwaj|
|Preceded by||Jagadish Shettar|
|Succeeded by||B. S. Yediyurappa|
|Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly|
|Assumed office |
9 October 2019
8 June 2009 – 12 May 2013
|Preceded by||Mallikarjun Kharge|
|Succeeded by||H. D. Kumaraswamy|
|Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka|
28 May 2004 – 5 August 2005
|Chief Minister||Dharam Singh|
|Preceded by||Office Vacant|
|Succeeded by||M. P. Prakash|
16 May 1996 – 7 October 1999
|Chief Minister||J. H. Patel|
|Preceded by||J. H. Patel|
|Succeeded by||Office Vacant|
|Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||B B Chimmanakatti|
|Born||12 August 1948|
Siddaramanahundi, Mysore State, India
(now in Karnataka, India)
|Political party||Indian National Congress (since 14 years, 227 days)|
Siddaramaiah (born 12 August 1948) is an Indian politician.He is currently serving as the Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Assembly since 9 December 2019. Though he resigned from the Opposition Party leader on 9 December 2019, taking the moral responsibility of the party's defeat in the 2019 Karnataka Legislative Assembly by-elections, the party continued him in the same post and as the CLP leader, realizing his popularity in the state. He is a member of Congress Working Committee. Currently a leader of the Indian National Congress party,
Siddaramaiah was a member of various Janata Parivar factions for several years. Earlier, as a Janata Dal (Secular) leader, he was Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka on two occasions. On 13 May 2013 he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. He is presently continued as the opposition leader of Karnataka despite his resignation, which was not accepted at higher levels and continued his tenure.
He was born to saddaramei Gowda and Boramma in a remote village called Siddaramanahundi in Varuna Hobli near to T.Narasipura of Mysore District in a farming family. He had no formal schooling until he was ten but went on to do his Sc and Bachelor of Law from Mysore University. He is the second among five siblings and he belongs to Kuruba Gowda community.
Siddaramaiah was a junior under a lawyer, Chikkaboraiah, in Mysore and later taught law for some time.
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.He addressed ahinda samavesha in Hubballi, which had the huge public gathering. He even challenged Reddy brothers in the house when he was the leader of the opposition that he would come to Bellary through padayatra. It garnered attention of whole state and eventually Siddaramaiah came to power in 2013.
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. 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. In the 2008 state Assembly elections, he contested from Varuna Constituency and was re-elected for the sixth time.
He won the 2013 election from the same constituency (Varuna) on 8 May 2013 and reelected for the 7th time . He was elected as the leader of the Congress legislative party in the Karnataka assembly on 10 May 2013. He had previously announced that the 2013 Assembly election would be his last election, but in the 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly election, he left his safe Varuna seat for his son, and he himself went on to contest from two constituencies, i.e. Chamundeshwari and Badami, and faced stiff competition against GT Devegowda of JD (S) and B. Sriramulu of BJP respectively, both of which were new constituencies for him. He lost in Chamundeshwari, but won in Badami vidhan sabha seat beating BJP heavyweight Sriramulu with a narrow margin of 1,696 votes and he reelected for the 8th time. Congress under his leadership then supported the Janata Dal (Secular) in forming the government in 2018 to keep BJP out of power. He was the chairman of coordination committee that coordinated the congress-JDS coalition govt under H. D Kumarswamy. After the resignation of 17 MLAs, leading to the downfall of the coalition government, Siddaramaiah took the leadership of the upcoming by-elections in Karnataka.
The by-polls were held on 5 December 2019 for the 15 assembly seats. Though Siddaramaiah expressed his confidence in winning 12 out of the 15 contested seats, Congress managed to win only 2 seats and the JDS winning none of it. This was a major setback for his leadership and differences arouse among his own party members questioning his leadership. Thus Siddaramaiah resigned as the Leader of the CLP and the Leader of opposition of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on 9 December. 
Chief Minister of Karnataka
Siddaramaiah was elected as Chief Minister after Congress adopted secret balloting to select the new chief minister. He led the Indian National Congress to victory by achieving an absolute majority of 122/224 seats in the 2013 Legislative Assembly election.
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. 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. 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.
Siddaramaiah is married to Parvathi and had two sons. His elder son, Rakesh, seen as his father's heir in politics, died of multiple organ failure in 2016 at the age of 38. The surviving son, 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, 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,".
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 Direct 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.
|Sl no.||Term of office||Party||Position|
|1.||16 May 1996 – 7 October 1999||Janata Dal||Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka|
|2.||28 May 2004 – 5 August 2005||Janata Dal (Secular)||Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka|
|3.||13 May 2013 – 17 May 2018||Indian National Congress||Chief Minister of Karnataka|
Other positions held
- Minister for Finance
- Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (1985)
- Minister for Sericulture and Animal Husbandry
- Minister for Transport
- Minister for Higher Education
- Member, Congress Working Committee
- Has represented Chamundeshwari, Varuna, and Badami Vidhan Sabha seats at various points of his career so far. In 2018 assembly elections, he contested from Badami and Chamundeshwari as sitting CM. He won from Badami but lost from Chamundeshwari.
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| Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
31 May 1996 – 7 October 1999
| Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka
28 May 2004 – 5 August 2005
M. P. Prakash
| Chief Minister of Karnataka
13 May 2013 - 15 May 2018
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