Shri B.S. Yeddyurappa was born to Shri Siddalingappa, a farmer and Smt. Puttatayamma at Bookanakere of Krishnarajpet Taluk in Mandya District on 27th February 1943 in the family of two brothers and two sisters. He completed his B.A. Graduation in Bangalore. He came in to the contact of RSS and started his service to the mother nation at the age of 15 only.
In 1965 Shri Yeddyurappa went to Shikaripura in Shivamogga district for spreading the work of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He developed a good rapport with the public and people of Shikaripura because of his simplicity and uncompromising dedication towards the work. He married Smt. Maitradevi on march 5th 1967 and is blessed with two sons and three daughters. He worked as a Sangha Karyavaha during 1970-72. In 1972 at the age of 29 years he entered public life by becoming the Taluk President of Janasangh in Shikaripura. From 1974 to 1976 he served as the Director of Veerashaiva Cooperative Society and rendered a good service in the field of co operative sector.
In 1976, he was elected as Town Municipality Member of Shikaripur. During 1975 emergency period he was imprisoned for forty five days at Shivamogga and Ballari prisons. In 1977, he became Municipality President and was very popular among the public because of his people oriented out look. He was also elected as the President of Janata Party in the same year.
Shri Yeddyurappa is a born leader. He has a great concern for the farmers and the marginalized poor. He espoused the cause of more than 1700 bonded labourers and led a team of 1700 Bonded labourers to the Shivamogga Deputy Commissioner’s Office demanding release and rehabilitation of the Bonded Labourers; because of his efforts all the labourers got compensation and are leading a life of freedom.
Shri Yeddyurappa fought for upholding the rights of Bagar Hukum Farmers (Landless people who unauthorisedly cultivate Govt. lands) and prevented the Forest Department from planting Eucalyptus saplings in the lands which was in the possession of the Bagar Hukum Farmers.
During August 1987, he travelled all over Shikaripura Taluk on bicycle to survey the drought and visited all the villages to have the first hand experience of the ill effects of the drought and as a result, Government took drought relief work on war footing basis.
He entered Karnataka Legislative Assembly by winning the 1983 elections. His work for the farmers, scheduled caste and scheduled tribes resulted in him being elected to the assembly four times successively- between 1983 and 1994. This election proved to be a turning point in his public life and shaped his political career. In 1985, he was also elected as the BJP President for Shivamogga District and worked for the party’s growth. He was elected to Karnataka Legislative Assembly for the 2nd time in 1985 Elections. He worked as Karnataka State BJP President from 1988 to 1991. He was elected to Karnataka Legislative Assembly for the 3rd time in 1989 elections.
Since then, he has been continuously working for strengthening the party and is today recognized as one of the great leader. He has been elected four times to the assembly and twice as President of the Party. He has played an active role in many campaigns. He has fought for causes in the assembly and outside it too. From Basavanakalyan to Banavasi he has conducted many meetings to familiarize the BJP with rural Karnataka.
He has undertaken the ‘Save Gramarajya’ and took Padayatra from Shivamogga to Benglauru to urge the Government to hold Panchayat Elections. To urge the government to wave off farmers loans he travelled the entire state three times beginning from Basavana Bagewadi. In these trips, he made over 1000 public speeches.
When he was the lone BJP MLA in Karnataka assembly, he performed Satyagraha in the assembly to urge the government to abolish the bill which provided for attachment of the properties of the SC/STs. He shed tears explaining the hardships faced by these groups and his efforts led to the government agreeing to his requests. It is on record that the then Forest Minister Shri Rachaiah supported him by stating that Yeddyurappa had opened their eyes.
When there was a notion that the BJP is a party for urban people, Shri Yeddyurappa proved people wrong by working for farmers and agriculture workers and BJP has been recognized as the farmer’s party. The BJP started growing as a parallel farmer’s organization. Recognizing this, several leaders of the farmer’s organizations joined the party, making it dearer to the farmers. Shri Yeddyurappa worked very hard to endear BJP to farmers and labourers.
He was first elected to the lower house of Karnataka Legislature in 1983 and has since represented the Shikaripur constituency seven times. He has been a member of the Sixth,Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth Legislative Assemblies (lower house) of Karnataka.
He became the State BJP President for the 2nd time during 1998-99.
He also worked as national Secretary, BJP during 1992. He was elected to Karnataka Legislative Assembly for the 4th time during 1994 elections and functioned as the Opposition Leader in Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
He was elected to Karnataka Legislative Council in 2000 and remained as Member of Legislative Council (MLC) till 2004. He was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for the 5th time in 2004 elections and functioned as the Opposition Leader from June 2004 to February 2006.
He was elected as the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka on 3rd February 2006 in the JD(S) and BJP Coalition Government.Shri. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the 25th Chief Minister of Karnataka on November 12, 2007.
As Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister, Successfully presented two budgets with a thrust on Development and People welfare.
In Karnataka’s 2008 Assembly elections, Yeddyurappa contested from Shikaripura won the election by a margin of over 45,000 votes. He took the oath of office as Chief Minister on May 30, 2008. He is the first person from the BJP to become the Chief Minister of a South Indian state and first Chief minister to present a separate agricultural budget.
Loan waiver, Abolition of Arrack and Lotteries, Farm Credit at 4% interest rate, Bhagyalakshmi Scheme to empower girl children from BPL families, Distribution of Free Bicycles to 8th Standard students from BPL families, Suvarna Kayaka Employment Training Scheme to tackle unemployment problem, Sandhya Suraksha ,Social Security Pension Scheme for Senior Citizens etc.