Ramakrishna Hegde

Ramakrishna Hegde

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Ramakrishna Mahabaleshwar Hegde () (b. August 29, 1926 - d. January 12, 2004) was an Indian politician who served as the Chief Minister of Karnataka for three terms and as Minister of Commerce and Industry in the Union government.

Early life

His father's name was Mahabaleshwar Hegde and his mother was Saraswati Hegde. He was a lawyer by profession. He participated in the Quit India Movement of 1942 (Indian freedom struggle) and was an active member of the Congress Party. He became the president of the Uttara Kannada District Congress Committee from 1954 to 1957 and rose to become the general secretary of the Mysore Pradesh Congress Committee in 1958, a post he held until 1962. Much of his early administrative experience was built up during the governments of S. Nijalingappa (1957–58 and 1962–68) and Veerendra Patil (1968–71) in Karnataka, during which he held portfolios such as Cooperation and Development, Panchayati Raj between 1962 and 1965, Finance, Excise and Prohibition, and Information and Publicity between 1965 and 1967.


In the famous split in the Congress in 1969, Hegde joined the Congress (O). He was Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Council for a few years until 1974. The 1975 Emergency crackdown on opposition leaders saw his arrest along with other state and national level leaders. When the emergency was lifted he joined the Janata Party becoming its general secretary. The Janata Party came to power as the single largest party...
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