Siddaramaiah first in 40 years to serve full 5-year-term as Karnataka CM

From the Sixth Assembly session to the current 14th session, Chief Ministers have been appointed 18 times. Also, the state in these 40 years has seen four terms of President's rule.

Siddaramaiah first in 40 years to serve full 5-year-term as Karnataka CM

BENGALURU: As assembly election dates were announced on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah is set to become the first Karnataka Chief Minister in 40 years to complete his term at the top post. The last chief minister to have served the state for the full term was D. Devaraj Urs from 1972 to 1977. He also could not serve for the entire term when he was reelected for the second time in 1978. However, till date, he has been the longest-serving chief minister of the state and held the term for over seven years in 1970s.

From the Sixth Assembly session to the current 14th session, Chief Ministers have been appointed 18 times. Also, the state in these 40 years has seen four terms of President's rule.

 

Chief Minister Party Tenure
D. Devaraj Urs Congress February 28, 1978 – January 7, 1980
R. Gundu Rao Congress January 12, 1980 – January 6, 1983
Ramakrishna Hegde Janata Party January 10, 1983 – December 29, 1984
Ramakrishna Hegde Janata Party March 8, 1985 – February 13, 1986
Ramakrishna Hegde Janata Party February 16, 1986 – August 10, 1988
S.R. Bommai Janata Party August 13, 1988 – April 21, 1989
Presidents Rule   April 21, 1989 – November 30, 1989
Veerendra Patil Congress November 30, 1989 – October 10, 1990
Presidents Rule   October 10, 1990 – October 17, 1990
S. Bangarappa Congress October 17, 1990 – November 19, 1992
M. Veerappa Moily Congress November 19, 1992 – December 11, 1994
H.D. Deve Gowda Janata Dal December 11, 1994 – May 31, 1996
J.H. Patel Janata Dal May 31, 1996 – October 07, 1999
S.M. Krishna Congress October 11, 1999 – May 28, 2004
Dharam Singh Congress[Congress-JD(s) coalition] May 28, 2004 – Jan 27, 2006
H D Kumaraswamy JD(s)[BJP-JD(s) coalition] Feb 3, 2006 – October 8, 2007
Presidents Rule   October 9, 2007 – November 8, 2007
B S Yeddyurappa BJP[BJP-JD(s) coalition] November 12, 2007 – November 19, 2007
Presidents Rule   November 20, 2007 – May 29, 2008
B S Yeddyurappa BJP May 30, 2008 – July 31, 2011
D.V Sadananda Gowda BJP August 4, 2011 – July 11, 2012
Jagadish Shivappa Shettar BJP July 12, 2012 – 8 May 2013
Siddaramaiah Congress May 13, 2013 – Present

 

A self-professed backward class leader, Siddaramaiah had won a simple majority in the 2013 elections and had taken over as the 28the chief minister of the state. Before taking over as the CM, he had served as deputy chief minister in two previous governments led by the Janata Dal and the Janata Dal (Secular), respectively. He left the Janata Dal (Secular), founded by HD Deve Gowda, in 2005.

The relations between him and his one-time mentor Deve Gowda have gone from bad to worse. The ties between the two came under strain in 2005 after Siddaramaiah expressed his unhappiness over party affairs and dominance of the former Deve Gowda's son HD Kumaraswamy, the then JD(S) state unit working president.

The former PM had recently claimed that grooming Siddaramaiah was his "biggest mistake." "Is he a chief minister? How long will you stay? I will see. I have taken a vow. I will today seek the apology from the people of Karnataka for grooming such an immoral politician. Grooming such a lowly chief minister is my biggest mistake. I will repeatedly say he is unfit to continue in the post," a visibly upset Gowda had said.

Ahead of the upcoming elections, Siddaramaiah has ensured that there is no pre-poll alliance with Gowda, at least till now. Exuding confidence of a victory in the polls, Siddaramaiah has been saying that the Congress will return to power in Karnataka on its own and will not need the help of HD Deve Gowda and Janata Dal (Secular).

The assembly elections in Karnataka will be held in a single phase. Voting will be held on May 12, and the results will be declared on May 15. 

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