Kalaburagi: Former minister and ex-Rajya Sabha member K B Shanappa, 83, passed away at the district Hospital attached to Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) on Sunday.
Shanappa had tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted at hospital after he developed complications a few days ago.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.
Born to a dalit family in Ravoor village, Chittapur taluk in 1938, Shanappa was a communist leader in his earlier days and was associated with the Communist Party of India (CPI). He had led many labour movements, especially those at ACC cement factory and Shahabad Cement Factory in the district. He had contested 1985 Assembly Elections from Shahabad constituency as a CPI candidate and won by a margin of 75 votes.
In the 1994 Assembly elections, he had contested as Janata Dal candidate against Congress heavyweight M Mallikarjun Kharge at Gurumitkal Constituency and lost. Shanappa had also served as excise minister for a brief period in then Chief Minister J H Patel’s cabinet.
In 2004 Shanappa joined BJP and worked for the party for 15 years. Two years after joining the saffron party, he was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2006. He became a MLC in 2012 and completed the full term till 2018.
He quit BJP in 2019 and joined Congress and campaigned for M Mallikarjun Kharge in the parliamentary elections from Gulbarga seat. Kharge lost the polls to BJP’S Dr Umesh Jadhav.
– Team Mysoorunews