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Tuesday, 14 February 2012 13:00

Dr V S Acharya passes away; Karnataka declares three-day mourning

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Bangalore, February 14: Karnataka Higher Education Minister and BJP veteran V S Acharya passed away in Bangalore on Tuesday following a massive heart attack. He was 71.

Dr. Acharya, who arrived from Udupi on Tuesday morning, reached Government Science College on Nrupathunga Road in Bangalore, where he was scheduled to participate in a seminar. As he was walking towards the stage, Dr. Acharya collapsed, and was taken to a hospital.

He had been keeping indifferent health for the last few months, prompting media speculation that he would be stepping down.

Acharya’s mortal remains were kept in official residence on the Racecourse road for a couple of hours for public viewing, before it was flown to Mangalore Airport. He is expected to be cremated in the evening at Beedinagudde.

"He (Acharya) is no more with us", Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, said as he rushed to the Hospital to pay his last respects.

A member of the Legislative Council, he also held the portfolios of Planning and Statistics, Information Technology and Biotechnology.

A registered medical practitioner, Acharya, born on July 6, 1940, started his political career in the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh and was President of Udupi city Municipality from 1968 to 1976.

Acharya had served as Home Minister in the B S Yeddyurappa ministry.

The Karnataka government declared three-day mourning as a mark of respect to Acharya and also a day's holiday today in Bangalore, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts (Acharya represented Uudpi constituency).

Acharya, a senior state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, leaves behind his wife, four sons and a daughter.

Acharya, a medical doctor, hailed from coastal district of Udupi. He had been jailed for 19 months during the 1975-77 internal emergency imposed by then prime minister Indira Gandhi.n the past.

Dr Acharya was the senior most minister in D V Sadanada Gowda government. Formerly he had served as minister of medical education and animal husbandry in the BJP-JDS coalition government.

He is a native of Udupi and a physician by profession. His father was Katte Vyasa Acharya, a Sanskrit scholar.

He started his political career in the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh (predecessor of Bharatiya Janata Party). He was elected as a municipal councillor, then as president in Udupi municipal council in 1968. This was the first ever win of elected body in South India by the Jan Sangh.

He was elected as a member of the Karnataka legislative assembly (M.L.A) in 1983. He had been a member of legislative council (M.L.C) of Karnataka state since 2002.














Like [1]Dislike [1] #13 , dubai2012-02-15
very good person but wrong party
Like [2]Dislike [1] #12 , mangalore2012-02-15
Please do not say any thing ill of the departed soul.He has completed his duty here and gone to give the accounts of his deeds of this world,to his creator,like any other human being.The Lord will take care of this.
Like [2]Dislike [2] #11 , bangalore2012-02-14
The congress party in power for decades in center not done anything in educating minority communities . It never wanted the population to be educated , fearing losing power.
BJP far better and really works for " better India".

All parties in India are having good and bad folks.
Like [3]Dislike [4] #10 , Bangalore2012-02-14
tomorrow school will be open
Like [3]Dislike [2] #9 , konaje samanige2012-02-14
Realy very sad news for karrnataka. BJP LOST KARNATAKA DA VAJEPAYI.may his soul rest in peace.
Like [6]Dislike [1] #8 , jubail2012-02-14
Its a heavy loss to BJP, but as far as individual point of view, V.S Acharya was a communal and casteist, and he will be remembered for wrong doing in his tenure as a Home minister of Karnataka.
Like [4]Dislike [7] #7 , RE: Udupi2012-02-14
dr.v.s. acharya is no more dont comment badly just because u r CPI...
Like [17]Dislike [4] #6 , sahul , mangalore2012-02-14
hmmmmm !! its sad .. Wat to do ,we cant stop death nobody in the world , he is one of the most senior minister in BJP Govt , from RSS background comunal minded we cant except more from him , any how god bless him..
Like [5]Dislike [13] #5 , Saudi Arabia2012-02-14
very sad news, another loss for BJP in these critical days. one of the good minister in BJP.
Like [23]Dislike [10] #4 , Udupi2012-02-14
How can one forget those dissasters which took place under the leadership of Acharya when he was in power? How can one forget those communal roits instigated by this very gentleman? When a person dies, how can his deeds be forgotten? If tomorow Modi dies, can we forget the roits of Gujarath? A criminal is a criminal, no matter he lives or dies! I think Sadananda gowda can got a good relief as 3 ministers resigned because of infamous Sex MMS & now Acharya died! So, logically 4 vacant possition and he can fill new faces who are in the waiting list...
Like [4]Dislike [15] #3 , Bangalore2012-02-14
We lost great leader. Sad news. may his soul rest in peace.
Like [5]Dislike [15] #2 , mangalore2012-02-14
Great loss and sad news.
Like [13]Dislike [4] #1 , Udupi2012-02-14

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