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Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Born: February 27, 1943 (age 78 years), Bookanakere, India Full name: Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa Spouse: Mythra Devi (m. 1967–2004) Party: Bharatiya Janata Party Education: Government College Mandya (1960–1961) Children: B. Y. Vijayendra, B. Y. Padmavati, B. Y. Raghavendra, B. Y. Arunadevi, B. Y. Umadevi Siblings: P S Prema Full Name B S Yedyurappa Date of Birth 27 Feb 1943 (Age 78) Place of Birth Bookina-kere, Mandya, Karnataka Party name Bharatiya Janta Party Education 12th Pass Profession Agriculturist Educationist Father’s Name Late Shri Siddalingappa Mother’s Name Late Smt. Puttatayamma Spouse’s Name Late Smt. Mythra Devi Spouse’s Profession Deceased Children 2 Son(s) 3 Daughter(s)

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Yediyurappa was born on 27 February 1944 in a village called Bookanakere in K.R.Pet taluk of Mandya district. His parents were Siddalingappa and Puttathayamma. He was named after the presiding deity of a Shaivite temple built by the great saint Siddalingeshwara at Yediyur in Tumkuru district. His mother died when he was four. He completed his Pre-University College education from Government college, Mandya (Mysore University) 1960–61. He belongs to Banajiga sub-sect of Lingayat community. In 1965, he was appointed as a first-division clerk in the social welfare department but he quit the job and moved on to Shikaripura where he joined as a clerk at Veerabhadra Shastri’s Shankara rice mill. In 1967, Yediyurappa married Mythradevi, daughter of a rice mill owner. He later set up a hardware shop in Shimoga. Yediyurappa has two sons, Raghavendra, B. Y. Vijayendra and three daughters, Arunadevi, Padmavati and Umadevi. In 2004, his wife died after falling into a sump while drawing water. There was further tragedy when his granddaughter Soundarya, daughter of Padmavathi, died in January 2022 by hanging herself in Bangalore at the age of 30. In 2007, he changed the spelling of his name to Yeddyurappa from the earlier Yediyurappa following the advice of his astrologers, to change back again to Yediyurappa before oath taking ceremony on 26 July 2019. He is a follower of Basavanna. In 2020 he was infected by the COVID-19 virus but recovered soon afterwards. On 16 April 2021, he again tested positive for COVID-19 amidst India’s second wave of infections. B.S Yedyurappa played a significant role in paving the way for BJP’s onslaught into Karnataka politics. Prior to 2008 assembly elections where he contested and won from the Shikaripur constituency for the seventh term, BJP’s presence in Karnataka politics was a mere specter in the political horizon. The aftermath of the elections sealed BJP’s fate in Karnataka government, where he led BJP to a historic win in the state and took the oath of office as Chief Minister on 30 May 2008. He was also responsible in helping Janata Dal (Secular) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy bring down the coalition government headed by Dharam Singh –former CM of Karnataka– in 2007 and form an alternative government with BJP. An agreement was formed between the JD(S) and BJP, which specified that H. D. Kumaraswamy would be the Chief Minister for the first 20 months, after which Yedyurappa would become the Chief Minister for the remaining 20 months. Yedyurappa became the Deputy Chief Minister as well as the finance minister in Kumaraswamy’s Government. However, Kumaraswamy reneged on his word that led to President’s rule being declared in the state of Karnataka. They found a way to bury the hatchet, and Yedyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister 12th November 2007. This camaraderie didn’t last long as the agreement was dissolved following a disagreement on sharing of ministries which resulted in his resignation as Chief Minister on 19 November 2007. After a tumultuous run as the CM of Karnataka, he found himself on the wrong side of the law where he was accused of illegally profiteering from land deals in Bangalore and Shimoga. Facing pressure from members of BJP, he decided to diverge from the party but later aligned his interests with the BJP and went on to become the CM of the state for the third time where BJP won 104 seats in the state of Karnataka in the 2018 elections. Due to failure in securing the required number of seats he had to resign two days after he was sworn into office. In 2019, When BJP bought down the Congress-JD-(S) coalition government, B.S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka.

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