) was born 12 August 1948 in a remote village in Varuna Hobli
of Mysore District, he comes from a poor farming community. He is the current leader of the opposition of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
. Earlier he was the Deputy Chief Minister
Contesting on Bharatiya Lok Dal
ticket, he entered the 7th Karnataka Legislative Assembly as its member during 1983 from Chamundeshwari
Constituency in Mysore
District. Later he joined the ruling Janata Party Government. He became the first president of Kannada Watchdog Committee (Kannada Kavalu Samiti) set up to supervise the implementation of Kannada as official language.
During the Mid-term poll in 1985, Siddaramaiah was re-elected from the same constituency for the 8th Karnataka Legislative Assembly
. He became Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services.
He was elected again in the 1994 General Elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from the same Constituency. This time he became Minister for Finance.
In 2006 after differences with H.D. Deve Gowda
Siddaramaiah joined the Indian National Congress
. He won Chamundeshwari bypolls by 257 votes against Shivabasappa who was the joint candidate of the BJP and the JD(S). In 2008 state Assembly poll, he contested from Varuna Constituency and was elected as an MLA.
Currently he is a opposition leader in Karnataka state assembly.