BSY: A survivor who rose like a phoenix in Karnataka

Prime News, National (Bengaluru), May 17:- BS Yeddyurappa, the 75-year-old veteran politician from Karnataka, who took oath as chief minister for the third time on Thursday, has been a survivor in a career spanning over five decades.

The 75-old Lingayat leader, who is credited of laying the foundation of BJP in this southern state, has been controversy’s favourite child. During his rise from an ordinary RSS worker to the highest echelons of power, BSY, as Yeddyurappa is popularly known, courted several controversies and faced a murky legal battle to come out clean in the country’s top court.

BS Yeddyurappa, who started as a clerk and, today, took oath as the chief minister for the third time, has navigated the choppy waters of politics with the consummate ease of a seasoned oarsman, defying tidal waves of adversity.

A hard-boiled RSS Swayamsevak, 75-year-old Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa, joined the right-wing Hindu outfit when he was barely 15, and cut his political teeth in the Jana Sangh, the BJP’s forerunner, in his home-town Shikaripura in Shivamogga district.

He became the Jana Sangh’s Shikaripura taluka chief in the early 1970s.

BSY, who currently represents Shivamogga in the Lok Sabha, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly from Shikaripura in 1983 and went on to win it five more times.

The Lingayat strongman is known to have championed the cause of farmers, something which was repeatedly referred to by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his election speeches.

A Bachelor of Arts, Yeddyurappa, who was jailed during Emergency, worked as a clerk in the Social Welfare Department before taking up a similar job at a rice mill in his native Shikaripura.

BSY later set up his own hardware shop in Shivamogga.

Yeddyurappa may have landed in the hot seat in 2004 itself when the BJP emerged as the single largest party, but the Congress and JD(S) led by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda cobbled together an alliance, and a government was formed under Dharam Singh.

Known for his political sagacity, Yeddyurappa joined hands with HD Kumaraswamy, Deve Gowda’s son, in 2006 and brought down the Dharam Singh government after the chief minister was indicted by Lokayukta in an alleged mining scam. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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