Yeddyurappa's journey from farming to chief ministership
Bangalore (PTI): For Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa, who ushered in a bumper harvest for the BJP in Karnataka, it has been a long way from being a farmer and leader of peasants to become the first saffron party chief minister of the state.
The 64-year-old leader, credited with being the architect behind installing the first BJP-led government in South India, began his political career as an active member of the RSS.
Learning initial steps of leadership, development of mass base and human resource management from the RSS, he went on to apply these pragmatic lessons in action when he decided to lead various mass movements in the state, highlighting the problems faced by landless farmers and bonded labourers.
Born to Siddalingappa and Puttathayamma in Bookanakere in Mandya district in the state on February 27, 1943, the BJP leader lost his mother when he was just four-years-old. However, his determination to rise above all odds saw him overcoming the personal tragedy and move on in life.
Yeddyurappa, was elected as President, Shikaripura Taluk Jana Sangha in 1972, marking his debut in public life. His leadership skills got an early start when he became the secretary of the Janata Party in 1977.
His forte in taking up peoples' issues, was amply illustrated when he spearheaded a team of 1,700 bonded labourers to Shimoga Deputy Commissioner's Office demanding the release and rehabilitation of such labourers.
A farmer himself, it was under his leadership that the movement for upholding the rights of ryots who were cultivating on government land unauthorisedly gained momentum.