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Yeddyurappa: '24-hour' politician in the hot seat

May 28, 2008

Reportage: Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru

A simple man, god-fearing but short tempered and the first chief minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party in south India. That’s Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa for you. He is all set to take oath on May 30 at 1.50 pm following an impressive show in the Karnataka assembly elections in which his party, the BJP, won 110 seats.

Yeddyurappa rose from very humble beginnings. He was born to Siddalingappa and Puttathayamma in Bookanakere on February 27, 1943 in Mandya district, about 100 kilometers from the state capital Bangalore. Tragedy struck when he lost his mother when he was just four.

The 66-year-old, who hails from a family of farmers, did his schooling in Mandya. His family members recall that he was very good at his studies and his favourite sport was kabbadi. Mahadevappa, a resident of Bookanakere, recalls that the family did not have much money those days. Yeddyurappa used to earn money for his family from a very young age -- cycling around the village selling lemons. His selling skills were appreciated and as he managed to convinced buyers that lemons would add to the taste of the curry.

Image: A jubiliant B S Yeddyurappa with Karnataka BJP chief D Sadananda Gowda.
Photograph: KPN Photos

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