Dharam Singh, former Karnataka CM, dies at 80

Dharam Singh passed away in Bengaluru today following a heart attack.N. Dharam Singh breathed his last after suffering a cardiac arrest at Bengaluru’s MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital on Thursday.Singh, who was Chief Minister for barely 18 months, headed a coalition with the Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) in mid-2004.Singh is bereaved by wife Prabhavati, sons Vijay Singh (Bidar MLC), Ajay singh (Jewargi MLA) and daughter Priyadarshini.The veteran Congressman had served in the ministries of D Devaraj Urs, R Gundu Rao, Veerappa Moily and S M Krishna holding key portfolios, including Home and Public Works Department.He was a Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for seven consecutive terms and a Member of Parliament representing Bidar in the 14th Lok Sabha. He also played an important role in the amendment to Article 371 (J) of the Constitution and the establishment of the Hyderabad-Karnataka Region Development Board to remove regional imbalances. Dharam Singh also served as Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president from 1996 to 1999. Dharam Singh Narayan Singh was popularly known as Dharam Singh. “I pray to god to give strength to his family and supporters”.Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurapa in his condolence message said: “Mild mannered and soft spoken, Singh has left an indelible impression on the political history of Karnataka through his genuine commitment to all sections of the people”. “His dedicated service towards society will be remembered”.”Shri N.Dharam Singh had rich experience in Karnataka and national politics”.Three-day State mourning has been declared, he noted.