Mandya, Feb 18: Farmers’ leader and Sarvodaya Karnataka Party MLA K S Puttannaiah died on Sunday following a massive cardiac arrest in Mandya. He was 69.
According to sources, Puttannaiah suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed while watching a Kabaddi tournament at Vishweshwaraiah stadium in Mandya. He was immediately rushed to the Wims Hospital where he breathed his last.
A farmers’ rights activist, Puttannaiah had contested and won from Mandya’s Melukote Assembly constituency in 2013. He had planned to contest from the same constituency this time too.
Puttannaiah was born on 23 December 1949 at Kyathanahalli village of Padavapura taluk in Mandya as a son of traditional farmer K S Srikanta Gowda and K S Sharadhama.
He completed his high school studies in his home town and PUC at St Philomena’s College and did his graduation in arts in D Banumaih College.
As a student he saw sufferings of farmers and bonded labourers. Eventually, he entered politics under the guidance of S T Jairam in august 1983, as a member of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha. Gradually he was elected as the president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha. He was also an acting president for Karnataka Sarvodaya Paksha. In 1994 he had contested assembly elections and got elected as from Pandavapura constituency.
Farmers’ leader K S Puttannaiah collapses while watching Kabaddi match, dies