MLA and veteran JD(S) leader, M. C. Managuli passes away

At the age of 85, he remained as the most senior legislators in the Karnataka assembly

BIJAPUR; 28 Jan: Veteran JD(S) MLA and Former Minister, Mallappa, Chennaveerappa Managuli, popularly known as M. C. Managuli of Sindgi Taluk died of age related ailments in a private hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Presently was the most senior legislators of the State, he was 85 years when he breathed his last after remaining in hospital for treatment for over two weeks.

Having contested assembly polls for seven times in his political career,  he however won only two times from Sindgi taluk.

Popular as ‘Mutya’ ( Grandfather ) among the people because of age, Managuli was admitted to hospital in Gulbarga on January 9 after he complained of breathing problems. From there, he was airlifted to Bengaluru for better treatment.

Sources said that though he was responding to the treatment and his condition was improving, however in the early hours of Thursday, he breathed last.

 Having contested in the election for the first time in 1979 in the erstwhile Samajawadi Janata Party, though he lost in the election, he became a close friend of JD(S) Supremo, H. D. Deve Gowda.

In 1994, he won the election for the first time and also became Minister in J. H. Patel Government.

He fought elections in 2004 and 2008 also, but the victory eluded him as he was defeated successively by Ramesh Bhusnur of the BJP.

In 2013 election, Managuli lost by a margin of less than 1000 votes to Bhusnur.

The successive defeats and the defeat by a very thin margin in the last election, helped in creating a sympathy wave for Managuli in the last election.

Born on September 29, 1937, in Basavanabagewadi Taluk, Managuli was one of the close confidants of Deve Gowda. It is said that despite his age, it was Deve Gowda who convinced the party leaders to give ticket to Managuli to contest in the last assembly polls at the age of 83.

The gamble of Deve Gowda paid off as the veteran leader of the district won the elections.

The bonhomie of Managuli-Gowda was so strong that Gowda kept Managuli as party’s district president for quite a long period even after many party leaders complained against Managuli for not working effectively for the party.

The victory helped him become Minister for the second time in his political career as he was made Horticulture Minister and District In-charge Minister of Bijapur in the coalition government.

He became the most senior Minister in the government at the age of 83.

However, the second term as Minister could not last long as the Congress-JD(S) coalition government fell apart in just 425 days of formation of the government.

Coming from a humble family background, Managuli came to Sindgi for education where he completed his primary and high school.

Doing small time jobs in shops for earning, he joined government service as Gram Sevak based on his qualification.

During his government service, he became close to people by helping them get government benefits and guiding them on matters related to agriculture.

Soon, he became popular among local villagers and household name.

Later, he resigned from the government service and started his own centre to educate farmers on various agriculture aspects.

With public support, he first contested in the election in Sindgi town municipality polls and won.

That victory became a starting point for his prolonged political career.

He married Siddamma Biradar and became father of five children including four sons and a daughter.

Till his last breath he remained a staunch follower of JD(S) and close friend of Deve Gowda.

Several leaders have expressed condolence and grief over the demise of Managuli.

In their messages, Deputy Chief Minister, Govind Karjol, District In-charge Minister, Shashikala Jolle, Former Minister, M. B. Patil, District Congress President, Raju Algur, BJP District President, R. S. Patil Kochabal, MLC, Arun Shahapur, MP, Ramesh Jigajinagi, MLA, Devanand Chavan and many other leaders have expressed shock and grief over the death.

Meanwhile according to family sources, his last rites would be performed in Sindgi at around 11:00 on Friday with full state honor.

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