Siddaramaiah is an Indian politician and the current Chief Minister of Karnataka. A member of the Indian National Congress, he has been previously associated with the Janata Parivar and also Janata Dal (Secular). Apart from being the Chief Minister, he has held other important positions that include being the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Service, Minister of Finance, Minister of Transport and Minister for Sericulture. He joined Congress in 2013 and was appointed as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 13th May 2013 at Sri Kanteerava Stadium. He is known for being a socialist, atheist, secular and anti-caste. In his term, there are 12 cities that got a name change. He belongs to the Kuriba Gowda community and also leads the community.
Born on 12th August 1948 in a remote village Siddaramanahundi in Mysore district of Karnataka, he was born to Siddaregowda and Boramma and belonged to a farming family. Siddaramaiah was born as the second of the five siblings and he belonged to the poor family. He did not have any formal schooling until the age of ten but he later started his education directly from fifth standard and then completed his B Sc and later completed his Bachelor of Law from Mysore University. After completing his education, he then became a junior lawyer under a lawyer Chikkaboraiah in Mysore and was associated with the district courts in Karnataka. While working as a law graduate in the district courts, a lawyer named Najunda Swamy spotted him and asked him to contest the election for the Mysore Taluka. He began his political career in 1978 and then got elected to the Mysore Taluka. In the 1983 legislative assembly elections, he contested on the ticket of Bharatiya Lok Dal and won the election surprising everyone from his victory. He then joined Janata Party and played an important role in the Kannada Surveillance Committee that was set up to supervise Kannada as the official language. He was also the first president of the surveillance committee. He was re-elected in the mid-term polls of 1985 from the same constituency and was then appointed as the Minister of animal husbandry and Veterinary Services. He later also handled other posts like Sericulture, Transport etc at different stages. In the 1989 assembly elections, Siddaramaiah lost the election to Congress leader M. Rajasekara Murthy. In 1992, he was then appointed as the Janata Dal Secretary General. He got elected again in the 1994 state elections and was then appointed as the Finance Minister of the state and was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka in 1996 after J. H. Patel took oath as the Chief Minister in 1996. Siddaramaiah then joined the Janata Dal (Secular) after the split of the Janata Dal and became the president of the state unit. He tasted failure in the 1999 elections but in the 2004 elections, after JDS formed a coalition government with the Congress party, he was again appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister in the Dharam Singh government. There were differences formed between Siddaramaiah and Deve Gowda in 2005 resulting in the expulsion of Siddaramaiah from the party. He was then offered by both BJP and the Congress parties to join their party. He then joined Congress party after gaining mass support from the backward community in the state. He then won the 2006 Chamundeshwari bypolls held in December 2006 and won the election despite Deve Gowda, Yeduyurappa and Kumaraswamy campaigning against him. He again won the 2008 state assembly elections from Varuna constituency marking his fifth term as a Member of Legislative Assembly. He won the 2013 assembly elections and was then elected as the Chief Minister of Karnataka after achieving an absolute majority in the 2013 state assembly elections.
Siddaramaiah is an atheist and he took the oath in the name of “Truth” instead of “God”. He is married to Parvathi and the couple has two sons Rakesh and Yathindra. His elder son Rakesh died in July 2016 due to multiple organ failures whereas his younger son Yathindra is a doctor.