Former Karnataka CM N Dharam Singh no more

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A seasoned political leader with decades of administrative acumen, N Dharam Singh was known for his gentle demeanour and Urdu shairis and considered an "Ajatashatru" (with no enemy) in Karnataka's political circles.

N. Dharam Singh breathed his last after suffering a cardiac arrest at Bengaluru's MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital on Thursday. Singh, a member of the Congress ran an alliance government with Janata Dal (Secular) from 2004 to 2006. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, a host of relatives and friends.

Born on December 25, 1936 at Nelogi village in Jewargi Taluk of Kalaburagi district, Singh was elected as an MLA from Jewargi for seven consecutive times between 1978 and 2008. He also served under other chief ministers like Devaraj Urs, R Gundu Rao, M Veerappa Moily, SM Krishna and S Bangarappa.

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Coming from a microscopic Rajput community, Dharam Singh had emerged as one of the top leaders in the region, winning eight consecutive terms from the Jewargi Assembly constituency and was a member of the Lok Sabha from the Bidar constituency once (2009).

The prime minister soon after learning the death of Singh tweeted, "My thoughts are with his family & supporters in this sad hour". He also recalled his association with Mr Dharam Singh when he was the chief minister and Mr Siddaramaiah was the deputy chief minister. "His dedicated service towards society will be remembered", the Prime Minister said.

"Shri N.Dharam Singh had rich experience in Karnataka and national politics". "The government has declared a holiday on Friday in the state's northern districts of Kalaburgi and Bidar to allow people to pay homage to him", an official told IANS.

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