Former Karnataka chief minister N Dharam Singh dies in Bengaluru
Eighty-year-old Singh served as a chief minister from May 2004 to February 2006 heading a Congress- JD (Secular) coalition governmentindia Updated: Jul 27, 2017 15:39 IST
Former Karnataka chief minister N Dharam Singh died of a heart attack at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday morning. He was 80.
Ailing for the last few months, Singh fainted at his home and was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead around 11.30am, family sources said.
He is survived by his wife and two sons, one of whom, Ajay Singh, is a sitting Congress MLA.
A seven-time MLA and a former member of parliament, Singh served as a chief minister from May 2004 to February 2006 heading a Congress- Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government.
However, the government fell after the JD(S) withdrew support and formed an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
He joined the Congress in late 1960s and went on to represent Jewargi constituency seven times between 1978 and 2008.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bidar in 2009.
Singh was born on December 25, 1936, at Nelogi village in Kalaburagi district.
The state government has announced three days state mourning as a mark of respect to the veteran leader.
Condolences poured in on his death from across the political spectrum. Singh, was a very close friend of Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was “Saddened by the demise of former Karnataka CM Shri N. Dharam Singh. My thoughts are with his family & supporters in this sad hour.”
“Shri N. Dharam Singh had rich experience in Karnataka & national politics. His dedicated service towards society will be remembered,” the Prime Minister said.
Speaking about Singh’s long political career, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara said: “He had been president of the KPCC, had handled various portfolios in governments, and had even served in the Lok Sabha.”
“The developmental and people-oriented programmes initiated by him during his tenure as chief minister are bearing fruit today,” Parameshwara added.
Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurapa in his condolence message said: “Mild mannered and soft spoken, Singh has left an indelible impression on the political history of Karnataka through his genuine commitment to all sections of the people.”