Former minister K.B. Mallappa, who represented Arkalgud Assembly constituency thrice, passed away at a hospital in Bangalore on Saturday. He was 84.

Mr. Mallappa entered politics as member of the Samstha Congress and later joined the Janata Party, before becoming member of the Congress in 2008.

He served as Minister in the Ramkrishna Hegde and S.R. Bommai-led cabinets. He worked as chairman of the Karnataka Milk Federation.

The last rites will be at his native place, Kaduvina Hosahalli in Arkalgud taluk on Sunday.

He is survived by wife, five sons and a daughter.