Shivamogga gave four CMs, but none completed term

Kadidal Manjappa

Though Shivamogga has the distinction of being the only district in the state that has given four chief ministers, none of them completed their full term.

With the exit of B S Yeddyurappa, legislator from Shikaripura, from the post of chief minister due to the lack of majority, the district failed to break the jinx.

But unlike the other three — Kadidal Manjappa, J H Patel and S Bangarappa — Yeddyurappa served as chief minister three times. But he could not complete the full term even once. 

In 2004, BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 79 seats, Congress 65 and JD(S) 58. As per the agreement between the JD(S) and the BJP, Yeddyurappa had taken oath as chief minister for the first time in November 2007.

But his tenure lasted only for seven days as the JD(S) did not extend support.

The Assembly was dissolved and the state went to elections. BJP emerged as the single largest party with 110 seats in 2008, but it needed three more seats to prove majority. However, Yeddyurappa took oath as chief minister on May 8, 2008 for the second time and formed the first BJP government in South India with the support of independents. But he had to step down from the post after serving for over three years, following his indictment by the Lokayukta in an illegal mining case.

Kadidal Manjappa served as chief minister of the then Mysore state from August 19, 1956 to October 31, 1956. Later, J H Patel, legislator from Channagiri, part of Shivamogga district then (now part of Davangere district) had taken oath as chief minister on May 31 in 1996, after the then chief minister H D  Deve Gowda became prime minister. But Patel dissolved the Assembly in 1999, a few months ahead of its end of tenure in the wake of rebellion against him.

Bangarappa had taken oath as chief minister on October 17, in 1990, after the then chief minister Veerendra Patil was removed. But Bangarappa had to step down in 1992, following a direction from the Congress high command.

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