Former Karnataka CM Dharam Singh passes away at 80
Veteran Congress leader and former Karnataka chief minister N Dharam Singh died of a massive heart attack on Thursday at the age of 80.
Ailing for the last few months, Singh fainted at his home and was rushed to the M S Ramaiah hospital where doctors declared him dead about 40 minutes later, a doctor who attended on him said.
"He was sweating profusely (when he was rushed to hospital). Cardiologist test was conducted for 40 minutes. He was not responding. He was declared dead around 11.30 a.m," Dr V R Anil Kumar, associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the hospital, said.
Singh, who headed the Congress-JDS coalition government from 2004 to 2006, represented Jewargi constituency seven times consecutively in the legislative assembly, and earned the title 'solillada saradara' (the invincible).
He is survived by wife Prabhavati, sons Vijay Singh (Bidar MLC), Ajay Singh (Jewargi MLA) and daughter Priyadarshini.
Elected twice to Parliament from Gulbarga and Bidar respectively, Singh was also Karnataka Congress chief.
The Karnataka government declared a three-day state mourning and holiday for government offices, schools and colleges across the state on Thursday. agencies