N. Dharam Singh, former Karnataka Chief Minister passed away at a private hospital on Thursday due to cardiac arrest. He was of age 80. He died at 11.54. following a massive heart attack in the intensive care unit (ICU),” a spokesperson of M.S. Ramaiah Hospital told IANS. He is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter.
Dharam Singh, who has been ailing for some time due to age-related symptoms, was in the hospital for treatment to his respiratory system. A veteran Congress leader for over six decades, Singh was the Chief Minister of the first coalition government in the southern state from May 28, 2004 to February 3, 2006 with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). He was an MP from the Bidar Lok Sabha constituency from 2009-2014 and a seven-time legislator from the Jewargi assembly segment in the state’s northern district of Kalaburgi from 1978-2008.
Dharam Singh was born on December 25, 1936. From 1999-2004 he is a state unit President of Rajput ruling party. Dharam Singh Narayan Singh was popularly known as Dharam Singh. He was an Indian politician and 17th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 2004 to 2006. He began his career in politics as an Independent Corporator in the Kalaburagi district City Municipal Council by contesting against his own brother. However, in the 2008 state elections, he was defeated by Doddappagouda Patil Naribol of the BJP by a margin of 52 postal votes. In May 2009 in the Lok Sabha elections, he contested from Bidar Lok Sabha constituency and emerged victorious against his former colleague Bhagwant Khuba of the BJP with a margin of 92,222 votes.
Saddened by the demise of former Karnataka CM Shri N. Dharam Singh. My thoughts are with his family & supporters in this sad hour: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 27, 2017
Dharam Singh won 8 straight elections from Jewargi in Gulbarga district. It has less than 50 Rajput votes. With no caste backing, he won.
— DP SATISH (@dp_satish) July 27, 2017