eminent farmer leader Babagouda Patil died a hospital here on
Friday, family sources said.
The 76-year old leader was undergoing treatment at the
KLES Dr Prabhakar Kore Hospital where he died, the sources
He is survived by his wife, two sons and two
Born on January 6, 1945 at Chikka Bagewadi in Belagavi
district, Patil did his BSc RL Science Institute in Belagavi.
He became an independent MLA from Kittur in 1989 and
he won the Lok Sabha election from Belgaum constituency on the
BJP ticket in 1998.
He then became the Minister of State for Rural
Development (independent charge) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Mourning his death, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa
said Babagouda Patil was at the forefront of farmers'' struggle
who had won election from two assembly constituencies.
"He was one of the founder members of the Karnataka
Rajya Raitha Sangha who was always concerned about the farmers
and worked towards their well being. He had also served as the
union minister in the A B Vajpayee government," the Chief
Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister
K S Eshwarappa said he was shocked to learn about the demise
"Patil had entered politics through peasant struggle.
He was one of the foremost farmer leaders in the country. May
his soul rest in peace," Eshwarappa tweeted.PTI COR GMS SS