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Siddaramaiah Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 75 Years
Wife: Parvathi Siddaramaiah
Hometown: Mysore, Karnataka

Siddaramaiah

Bio/Wiki
NicknameSiddu, Sidda [1]Coastal Digest [2]Hindustan Times
ProfessionPolitician
Famous forBeing the Chief Minister of Karnataka
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 172 cm
in meters- 1.72 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Politics
Political Party• Bharatiya Lok Dal (1977-1984)
Bharatiya Lok Dal symbol
• Janata Party (1984–1988)
Janata Party (JNP)
• Janata Dal (1988–1999)
Janata Dal's symbol
• Janata Dal (Secular) (1999–2005)
Janata Dal (Secular) Flag
• Indian National Congress (2005-present)
Indian National Congress
Political Journey• Joined the Bharatiya Lok Dal in 1977
• Contested the 1983 Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections from Chamundeshwari constituency as an independent candidate and won
• Joined the Janata Party in 1984
• Appointed as the first president of the Kannada Surveillance Committee (Kannada Kavalu Samiti)
• During the mid-polls in 1985, re-elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Chamundeshwari constituency on a ticket of Janata Party and became the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services
• Handled portfolios like Sericulture, Animal Husbandry and Transport at different stages during Ramakrishna Hegde's government
• Joined Janata Dal in 1988
• Contested the 1989 Karnataka Assembly Elections from Chamundeshwari constituency on a ticket of Janata Dal but lost to Congress leader M. Rajasekara Murthy
• Appointed as Secretary General of Janata Dal in 1992
• Elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Chamundeshwari constituency on a ticket of Janata Dal in 1994 and served as the Minister for Finance in Deve Gowda's Government
• Served as Deputy Chief Minister to J. H. Patel in 1996
• Sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and dropped from the Cabinet on 22 July 1999
• Following the split between Janata Dal in 1999, Siddaramaiah sided with Janata Dal (Secular)
• Appointed as the President of Karnataka unit of Janata Dal (Secular) in 1999
• Contested the 1999 state elections but lost
• Appointed Deputy Chief Minister to Dharam Singh in the INC - JD(S) coalition government from 28 May 2004 to 5 August 2005
• Expelled from JD(S) after differences with H. D. Deve Gowda in 2005
• Joined the Indian National Congress in 2005
• In December 2006, won the Chamundeshwari constituency bypolls by 257 votes
• In 2008, won the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections from Varuna constituency on a ticket of the Indian National Congress
• Served as a Leader of Opposition from 8 June 2009 to 12 May 2013
• Re-elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections from Varuna constituency on 8 May 2013
• Elected as the Leader of Congress legislative party in the Karnataka assembly on 10 May 2013
• Sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 13 May 2013
• Contested the 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections from Chamundeshwari and Badami constituencies, winning the Badami vidhan sabha seat by a margin of 1696 votes
• Resigned as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 17 May 2018
• Resigned as the Leader of Congress legislative party in 2019
• Served as the Leader of Opposition from 9 October 2019 to 13 May 2023
• Contested the 2023 Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Varuna Constituency on a ticket of the Indian National Congress and won.
• Sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka (for the second time) on 20 May 2023
Personal Life
Date of Birth12 August 1948 (Thursday)

Note: According to Siddaramaiah's school records, his date of birth is 3 August 1947 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2023)75 Years
BirthplaceSiddaramanahundi in Varuna Hobli near T. Narasipura of Mysore district, Karnataka
Zodiac signLeo
Signature/AutographSiddaramaiah Signature
NationalityIndian
HometownMysore, Karnataka, India
SchoolHe attended a local school in Mysore.
College/University• Yuvaraja College, Mysore
• Sharada Vilas Law College, Mysore (1972)
Educational Qualification(s)• B.Sc. from Yuvaraja College, Mysore
• LL.B. from Sharada Vilas Law College, Mysore [3]MyNeta
Religion/Religious ViewsAccording to some sources, Siddaramaiah is an atheist. [4]The Hindu In an interview, Siddaramaiah revealed that he did not believe in the existence of deities. He said,

"Basically I am an atheist. I visit temples only during elections with a view not to hurt the feelings of people who join me.”

While other sources claim that he followed Hinduism but was against superstition. [5]India Today In an interview, while talking about his religion, Siddaramaiah said,

"Word has spread that I am an atheist, which I am not. I am spiritual — I have participated in festivities as a child. I have visited some of the popular pilgrimage centres. But I am definitely against superstition, as I view everything from a science point of view,”
Caste/CommunityKuruba Community [6]The Hindu

Note: Kuruba is regarded as the third most influential caste in Karnataka after the Lingayats and the Vokkaligas. Traditionally, consisting of shepherds, militiamen from the hills, armed vassals, or postmen, Kurubas founded the Sangama dynasty.
Food HabitNon-vegetarian [7]The Times of India
Address#32, Siddatramana Hundi, Varuna Hobnail, Mysore Taluk, Mysore District, Karnataka
ControversiesCases Where Pending
• 3 charges related to Mischief by destroying or moving, etc., a land-mark fixed by public authority Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage to the amount of one hundred or (in case of agricultural produce) ten rupees (IPC Section-435)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for undue influence or personation at an election (IPC Section-171F)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for bribery (IPC Section-171E)
• 1 charge related to Undue influence at elections (IPC Section-171C)
• 11 charges related to Punishment for Being a member of an unlawful assembly (IPC Section-143)
• 10 charges related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of an offence committed in prosecution of a common object (IPC Section-149)
• 6 charges related to Punishment for Rioting (IPC Section-147)
• 6 charges related to Punishment for wrongful restraint (IPC Section-341)
• 6 charges related to Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees (IPC Section-427)
• 5 charges related to Punishment of abetment, if the act abetted, is committed in consequence, and where no express provision is made for its punishment (IPC Section-109)
• 5 charges related to Joining unlawful assembly armed with a deadly weapon (IPC Section-144)
• 5 charges related to Rioting, armed with a deadly weapon (IPC Section-148)
• 4 charges related to Unlawful assembly (IPC Section-141)
• 4 charges related to Punishment for public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided for (IPC Section-290) [8]MyNeta

Valuable Gift
In 2016, one of his admirers gifted him a a diamond-studded Hublot watch worth Rs. 70 lakhs. He was criticised for flaunting expensive gifts despite being a socialist. Many political parties adviced him to declare the luxury watch as a state asset. Later, a complaint was filed with the state Lokayukta against Siddaramaiah by S Bhaskaran, a Karnataka based activist, seeking the prosecution of Siddaramaiah under the Prevention of Corruption Act accepting high-priced gifts and not declaring it before appropriate authorities. [9]The Economic Times

Controversial Remark on Hindutva
In February 2023, Siddaramaiah came into the headlines for his controversial remark on Hindutva. The incident happended during the book launch event of former congress MLA BR Patil in Kalaburagi, when Siddaramaiah while addressing the media claimed that Hindutva was for murder, violence and discrimination. He said,

"Hindutva is against Constitution. Hindutva and Hindu dharma is different. I am not against the Hindu religion. I’m a Hindu but oppose Manuvad and Hindutva.”

He added that no religion promoted murder, violence, and discrimination except Manuvad and Hindutva. [10]The Economic Times

Inappropriate Remark on Lingayat Chief Minister
In April 2023, while giving an interview on a Kannada news channel Siddaramaiah was asked to give his views on opposition (Bharatiya Janata Party) declaring a Lingayat as their chief ministrial candidate of Karnataka to seek votes from the community, Siddaramaiah said,

"Already a Lingayat is CM. He has indulged in corruption and spoiled the state.”

His remarks were criticised by the Bharatiya Janata Party, who accused Siddaramaiah for hurting the Lingayat community. [11]Outlook India Later, Siddaramaiah clarified the matter and said that he did not mean to hurt the Lingayats with his remarks and that his statement was misrepresented. He said,

"I said Basavaraj Bommai is corrupt. I did not call the entire community corrupt.”

Criticised for visiting Temple after Non-veg Meal

In August 2022, Siddaramaiah apparently paid a visit to the Basaveshwara temple in Kodlipet after having a non-vegetarian meal. He was severely criticised by the Bharatiya Janata Party for hurting the religious sentiments of people with his act. However, Siddaramaiah asserted that it was his right to choice of food and also questioned if God has prescribed any particular food before visiting the temples. [12]The Times of India
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpouseParvathi Siddaramaiah (director at Prasiddh YS Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd. and a partner at BMMN Enterprises & PRY Projects LLP)
Siddaramaiah with his wife Parvathi
ChildrenSon(s)- Rakesh (Kannada actor; died due to multiple organ failures in July 2016)
Siddaramaiah with his son Rakesh
Yathindra (doctor and politician)
Siddaramaiah's son Yathindra
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Siddarame Gowda (deceased)
Mother- Boramma Gowda
SiblingsBrother(s)- Thamme Gowda aka Thammayyanna (elder; deceased), Rame Gowda (younger; deceased), Sidde Gowda (younger)
Siddaramaiah's Younger Brothers Rame Gowda and Sidde Gowda
Sister(s)- Chikkamma (elder; died of a kidney ailment in 2017), Putramamma
Siddaramaiah's Elder Sister Chikkamma
Style Quotient
Car CollectionSiddaramaiah owns a 2018 model of Toyota Crysta bearing the registration number KA04MV7666. Previously, he owned a Renault Duster and a Mercedes. [13]MyNeta
Expensive Things/ValuablesA diamond-studded Hublot watch worth Rs. 70 lakhs
Money Factor
Salary/Income (approx.)Rs. 20,49,480 (2021-2022) [14]MyNeta
Assets/PropertiesMovable Assets
• Cash: Rs. 1,50,000
• Bank Deposits: Rs. 21,86,455
• Loans and Advances: 8,82,97,720
• Motor Vehicles: Rs. 28,08,033
• Jewellery (350 gram Gold + 2 Kg Silver): Rs. 22,26,000
• Other Assets: 1,50,000

Immovable Assets
• Commercial Buildings: Rs. 7,33,22,000
• Residential Buildings: Rs. 2,10,50,000

Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2023. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor). [15]MyNeta
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 12,07,65,958

Note: The net worth is recorded for the financial year 2021-2022. It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors). [16]MyNeta

Siddaramaiah

Some Lesser Known Facts About Siddaramaiah

  • Siddaramaiah is an Indian politician, who is a member of the Indian National Congress. A nine-time Member of the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah was appointed as the Chief Minister of Karnataka twice, firstly on 13 May 2013 and the second time on 20 May 2023.
  • He grew up in a poverty-stricken family in a small village in Mysore, Karnataka.
  • He did not receive any formal education till he was 10 years old as he used to help his father at farms. Although he did not go to school, Siddaramaiah used to attend folk art classes near his home, where he learned to write alphabets on sand using his figures.
  • Siddaramaiah directly took admission in class 5 at a local school in Mysore.
  • Despite joining school so late, he topped the state board examination.
  • His school teachers often used to call him S Cube.
  • Despite having an interest in Mathematics and Science in his school days, Siddaramaiah chose to become a lawyer. His father’s always wanted him to become a doctor.
  • After obtaining a degree in Law from Sharada Vilas Law College, Mysore, Siddaramaiah began practising law under Chikkaboraiah in Mysore. He also worked as a law professor for some time. While working as a lawyer at a district court in Karnataka, he came in contact with Nanjunda Swamy, a lawyer in Mysore, who motivated Siddaramaiah to venture into politics.
  • Siddaramaiah began his political career in 1977 by joining the Bharatiya Lok Dal.
  • He contested the Legislative Assembly elections for the first time in 1983 from the Chamundeshwari constituency as an independent candidate and won the elections by a margin of 3,504 votes. Surprising everyone with his victory, Siddaramaiah got a stronghold of the Old Mysore region.
  • He won the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections 9 times, five times from the Chamundeshwari constituency, three times from the Varuna constituency, and once from the Badami constituency.
  • In 2005, following differences with H. D. Deve Gowda, Siddaramaiah was expelled from JD(S).
  • After his exit from the Janta Dal (Secular), Siddaramaiah decided to form a regional party named ABPJD in Karnataka. However, looking at the short-term life of the regional parties in the history of Karnataka, he changed his mood and decided to join the Indian National Congress.
  • After joining the Indian National Congress in 2005, Siddaramaiah garnered mass support from the backward classes.
  • Before the 2013 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections, Siddaramaiah addressed ahinda samavesha in Hubballi, where people gathered in large numbers. As a leader of the opposition, he challenged the Reddy Brothers that he would carry out a padayatra to Bellary, an area dominated by Reddy Brothers. His actions garnered attention from the entire state, which led to his victory in 2013, following which he was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

    Siddaramaiah during a Legislative Assembly session

    Siddaramaiah during a Legislative Assembly session

  • On the completion of his tenure as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah became the second Chief Minister in the history of Karnataka to serve full five years term after Devaraj Urs.

    Siddaramaiah during a party meeting

    Siddaramaiah during a party meeting

  • Siddaramaiah holds the record of presenting the Karnataka state budget 13 times as a finance minister in the Government of Karnataka.
  • Siddaramaiah lost his elder son Rakesh in July 2016, who died of multiple organ failures. After Rakesh’s demise, his friends through a Facebook post revealed that they were travelling with Rakesh to attend ‘Tomorrowland,’ the world’s biggest electronic dance music festival held in Belgium annually.
  • In 2018, during the Legislative Assembly elections in Karnataka, Siddaramaiah left his Varuna seat for his younger son Yathindra and went on to contest from two constituencies, i.e. Chamundeshwari and Badami. While he won the Badami Vidhan Sabha Seat by a margin of 1,696 votes, he lost Chamundeshwari seat to G. T. Devegowda of Janata Dal (Secular).

    Siddaramaiah during a rally of the Indian National Congress in Karnataka

    Siddaramaiah during a rally of the Indian National Congress in Karnataka

  • His son Yathindra contested the Legislative Assembly elections from the Varuna constituency in Mysore in 2018 and won the seat by 45,000 votes; the seat was formerly held by his father.
  • Siddaramaiah’s favourite food is Upma. In an interview, he revealed that he loved cooking food in his leisure time and has cooked dishes like upma and rice.
  • According to Siddaramaiah, he has never required an alarm clock to wake up in the morning as he relies on his biological clock for it.
  • On 3 August 2022, ahead of the 2023 Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections, Sri Siddaramaiah-75 Amruta Mahotsava Sameeti organised a grand celebration for Siddaramaiah’s 75th birthday celebrations in Davanagere. The event was called Siddaramotsava and around 16 lakh followers of Siddaramaiah attended the program. A 3 km long cloth banner with pictures of his life journey was placed at the venue. A music album consisting of various songs on Siddaramaiah was also launched at the event. A similar celebration took place on Siddaramaiah’s 65th birthday, ahead of the 2013 Karnataka Assembly polls.

    Siddaramaiah's 75th Birthday celebrations in Davanagere

    Siddaramaiah’s 75th Birthday celebrations in Davanagere