North Karnataka will miss friendly, disciplined MP | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BELAGAVI: Minister of state for Railways Suresh Angadi was a towering politician of North Karnataka.
Four-time MP Angadi, 65, had tested positive for coronavirus on September 11 and was being treated at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.
The minister, who was initially asymptomatic, developed respiratory illness after he flew to the capital to attend the Parliament session and was immediately admitted to hospital. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Angadi hailed from Kanavi Karavinakoppa village in Belagavi and graduated in law from Raja Lakhamagouda College in the district. According to former journalist and political analyst Sarju Katkar, Angadi came to the district headquarters from his village to study BCom and stayed with his uncle Lingaraju Patil who was active in politics. This ignited his interest in politics. After completing commerce course, he studied law but then took to business.
He was a successful businessman and main agent in the state for trading of ACC cement. He also set up the Suresh Angadi Education Institute in the district. Throughout his political career, he remained non-controversial because of his friendly nature and discipline, experts said.
Angadi started his political career in 1996 with the BJP making him district unit vicepresident. This stint lasted till 1999 and in 2001, he was nominated to the post of district unit president. He relinquished power in 2004 when he was made party candidate for Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency and he won the elections. There was no looking back after that. He won the next three parliamentary elections in 2009, 2014 and 2019.
Angadi was seen as a potential chief minister as he hailed from the politically dominant Lingayat community. His name had done the rounds in political circles whenever questions of leadership change were raised.
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