Former Union Minister M S Gurupadaswamy passes away

Veteran freedom fighter and former Union Minister M S Gurupadaswamy died after a heart attack at a private hospital in Bangalore today.

He was 89. He is survived by a son and two daughters.

He was elected member of first Lok Sabha during 1952-1957 and to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1960 and re-elected in 1966 and 1984. He was also elected to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh in 1990.

Gurupadaswamy was the Opposition Leader in Rajya Sabha in 1971-1972 and again in 1991. He was leader of Janata Party in Rajya Sabha in the mid-1980s and leader of the House in Rajya Sabha during 1989-90.

He was Minister of State in Department of Atomic Energy during 1967 and Minister for Food, Agriculture, Community Development and Co-operation in Ms Indira Gandhi's Cabinet during 1967-1969.

He was Minister for Petroleum and Chemicals in V P Singh Cabinet in 1989-1990.

He was also the founder of Institute of Parliamentary Studies, New Delhi.

With the vertical split in the Congress Party in 1969, he was one of the first Ministers to resign from Indira Gandhi’s ministry. He became leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha of the Congress (O).

He was among the founder-members of Janata Party and the Janata Dal.

He was an active member of the socialist movement till 1950 under the leadership of Narendra Deva and Jayaprakash Narayan. Later, he joined Kissan Mazdoor Praja Party (KMPP), floated by Acharya Kripalani and functioned as Secretary of the party.

Gurupadaswamy won the first Lok Sabha Election in 1952 from Mysore on KMPP ticket at the age of 29 years defeating H C Dasappa, the then Senior Cabinet Minister of the Mysore Government.

He was born on August 7,1922 at Malangi in Mysore district. He studied till middle school in Malavali (now Mandya district). He had his college education in Mysore where he did his BA (Hons) in Political Science from Maharaja’s College. He did his MA, LLB from Lucknow University.

The cremation would be held at Malamulai near Nanjangud in the district, according to family sources.


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