“Karnataka has lost a senior politician who strived for the upliftment of the downtrodden. We have lost a vital link that connected the present Congress administration with people-friendly policies initiated by former chief minister D Devaraj Urs.” These were the words of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
The CM was in the city to pay his last respects to former minister and daughter of former chief minister of Karnataka D Devaraj Urs Chandraprabha Urs who passed away at a private hospital in the city on Tues-day evening. She was 70 and was admitted to the hospital nine days ago and died around 6 pm following a cardiac arrest.
She leaves behind a son Manjunath Urs and a daughter Anupama Urs. Her husband Mohan Urs and youngest son Ajay Urs had predeceased her. The cremation will be held on Wednesday afternoon at Kallahalli as per Ursu traditions. “Chandraprabha Urs followed the
“Chandraprabha Urs followed the foot-steps of her father and strived for the welfare of the poor. Being in power or without power, her intention was to serve the poor. As a minister, she was instrumental in providing drinking water to dry regions of Mysuru and Hunsur,” Siddaramaiah said.A host of leaders
A host of leaders including Home Minister Dr G Parameshwar, Revenue and District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad, Minister for Cooperatives H S Mahadeva Prasad, MLAs Vasu, M K Somashekar, Tanveer Sait, Sa Ra Mahesh, H P Manjunath, MUDA Chairman K R Mohan Kumar, CADA Chair-man Dasegowda and other leaders paid their last respects.
After the death of Devaraj Urs in 1982, Chandraprabha Urs was elected to the Karnataka Assembly for the first time when she contested from Hunsur constituency in 1983 under the banner of Karnataka Kranthi Ranga and won by 63,000 votes. She served as the minister for excise, sericulture and social welfare in the Ramakrishna Hegde government. She was reelected during the 1989 Assembly elections as a Congress candidate.
Chandraprabha Urs shot into fame when she won the Lok Sabha elections from Mysuru held in 1991 defeating the then BJP candidate late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, who was considered a winning horse.
Chandraprabha Urs did her schooling in Kalahalli village, the hometown of Devaraj Urs. She completed her high school at Hunsur and moved to Mysuru for further studies. She completed her pre-university and degree education at the Maharani’s College and pursued her post-graduation in Political Science.
Working closely with her father, Chandraprabha Urs developed keen interest in politics and social welfare. And that was a time when Devaraj Urs was at the peak of his political career and was known for a host of welfare activities.
The hands-on training provided by her father, her deep-rooted interest in politics and the support of the people prepared her well before she entered politics.
When Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar quit the Congress and joined the BJP, Congress high command was in a confused state on the candidate to be fielded for the 1991 Lok Sabha elections.
It was former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who persuaded Chandraprabha Urs to contest against Wadiyar. Defeating Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and becoming an MP was a major milestone in her political career.
In the 2004 Assembly elections, she contested from Hunsur constituency and lost. Later she served as an active member of AIICC and the vice president of KPCC.
During her political career she managed to get a silk cluster for Hunsur and released Rs 1.25 crore grant for the same with the help of then chief minister S M Krishna. Also, she was instrumental in installing Devaraja Urs’ statue in Hunsur.
Chandraprabha Urs took ill in 2007 after an accident at Hunsur and had health complications.
There was an allegation in Congress circles that the party that came to power highlighting the achievements and programmes of D Devaraj Urs never gave prominence to Chandraprabha Urs and her family.
This was also made amply clear on many occasions by Chandraprabha Urs that even those who benefitted from the pro-people schemes launched by her father was least interested in giving im-portance to the family. As a case in point, Anupama Urs, Chandraprabha’s daughter, was denied a Congress ticket from Hunsur though she had applied for it.