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Updated: December 27, 2011 02:51 IST

Bangarappa passes away

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File photo of S. Bangarappa.
THE HINDU File photo of S. Bangarappa.

The former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader Sarekoppa Bangarappa (79) died here early on Monday at a private hospital. Family sources said he was in the hospital over the last fortnight.

He is survived by wife, Shakuntala, sons, Kumar Bangarappa and Madhu Bangarappa, and three daughters. Mr. Kumar Bangarappa is an actor and former Minister. One of his sons-in-law is actor Shivaraj Kumar.

Those who paid their last respects included Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, Union Minister for Labour and Employment M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Law Minister Salman Khursheed, the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, and the former Chief Ministers H.D. Kumaraswamy and N. Dharam Singh.

Kannada film producer Parvathamma Rajkumar, actors Raghavendra Rajkumar and Bharati Vishnuvardhan, Ministers S. Suresh Kumar, Shobha Karandlaje, R. Ashok, V. Somanna and Basavaraj Bommai, the former Ministers D.K. Shivakumar and H.D. Revanna also visited the residence and paid their tributes.

The funeral, with full state honours, will be at Kubatur village in Sorab taluk on Tuesday, family sources said.

Born in 1932 at Kubatur village in Sorab taluk of Shimoga district, Mr. Bangarappa, who had a humble beginning, rose to become the Chief Minister in 1992, heading the Congress government. He held the post for two years before he was replaced by M. Veerappa Moily.

A three-time MP, Mr. Bangarappa was trained under Shantaveri Gopala Gowda and started his political career with the Praja Socialist Party.

He entered the Legislative Assembly 1967 and joined the Congress to be inducted into the D. Devaraj Urs Cabinet in 1976. During the course of his five-decade long political life, he had brief stints in Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal (Secular).

He had a penchant for floating political outfits, whenever his ego was hurt in the parties he served. He launched the Karnataka Congress Party, when he left the Congress after his removal from power and then the Karnataka Vikas Party in 1998. He also held the post of president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee in 1979.

Inspired by the Kagodu satyagraha, Mr. Bangarappa took the lead in implementing the land reforms in Shimoga district, thanks to the progressive policy of the Devaraj Urs Ministry.

A colourful personality, Mr. Bangarappa had a passion for sports and music. He was found playing shuttle badminton daily at the KGS Club even when he was Chief Minister.

He used to enthral his supporters and people in the rural areas by donning the dress of a Dollu Kunita artiste during festivals or when he was invited to functions.

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I think many people are not known the simlicity and pro poor nature of Mr. Bangarappa.Great personality and straight forward nature, Big loss to the country.
Arun

from:  Arun
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 10:19 IST

However much these leaders are immortalized,they carry a burden of corruption,nepotism and casteism.S.M.Bangarappa's career was filled with all the illegalities.Yet the people and their fellow leaders attend the funeral in large numbers.The main reason being the people have accepted mediocracy,corruption as a normal behaviour in the society.Not a rupee swindled and the palatial houses they construct is returned and their childern carry on the same rotten legacy.Modern India is progressing but the corrupt are also making a fortune without being punished.The court system is also corrupted.Hence these corrupted politicians go unpunished.The average man and woman is made to hold a begging basket while these teses corrupted leaders are eulogised dead or alive.The corruption is not limited to few measely rupees and runs to staggering few thousand crores of rupees.Evidence is quickly destroyed,false documents are prepared to support the earnings.The Judges deliberately turn their face away.

from:  Nagaraja Rao, Toronto
Posted on: Dec 29, 2011 at 00:01 IST
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