STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Former Union minister Babagouda Patil passes away

As Union Minister, he was instrumental in getting several rural development projects implemented.

Published: 22nd May 2021 05:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd May 2021 05:24 AM   |  A+A-

Babagouda Patil

By Express News Service

BELAGAVI: Former Union minister and noted farmer leader Babagouda Patil, who was at the forefront of farmers’ agitations,  passed away on Friday, following a brief illness. He was under treatment at KLE Hospital and Medical Research Centre in Belagavi for some days.

After winning the Lok Sabha election from Belagavi in 1998, Babagouda was inducted into PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet as Minister of Rural Development. During former CM Ramakrishna Hegde’s tenure, he had achieved a feat of sorts, winning assembly polls simultaneously from Kittur and Dharwad Rural as a Raitha Sangha man. Hailing from a farmer’s family in Chikkabagewadi, Bailhongal taluk, he  aspired to be an IAS officer but couldn’t clear the exam. He joined Raitha Sangha under the leadership of  farmer leader M D Nanjundaswamy, in 1980s.

As Union Minister, he was instrumental in getting several rural development projects implemented. The PM’s Gram Sadak Yojana, implemented under his watch, helped link rural parts of the country to urban roads.In his message, CM B S Yediyurappa said, “A leader who was at the forefront of farmers’ agitations ... As leader of Rajya Raitha Sangha, Babagouda worked for the welfare of farmers” 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp