Bengaluru, Feb 19: Kartaka’s regiol party lawmaker and popular farmer leader K.S. Puttaniah has passed away. He was 69, an official said on Monday.
Puttaniah died on Sunday night at Mandya, about 100km from here.
“Puttaniah breathed his last at 10.55 p.m. on Sunday night in a state-run hospital at Mandya after a cardiac arrest,” the district official told IANS.
Puttaniah was a lawmaker of the Sarvodaya Kartaka Party (SKP) from the Melkote Assembly segment in the old Mysuru region since May 2013.
The regiol outfit (SKP), merged in March last year with Swaraj India, floated by former Aam Aadmi Party rebel leader Yogendra Yadav in New Delhi.
Puttaniah’s death came two days after the Supreme Court on Friday delivered the fil verdict in favour of Kartaka in the inter-state Cauvery river water sharing dispute with neighbouring Tamil du.
Puttaniah was the sole farmers’ leader in the state Assembly after getting elected for the first time from the Pandavapura segment in the same district in the 1994 election though he lost in the 1999, 2004 and 2008 elections.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and leaders of other political parties and farmers’ associations mourned Puttaiah’s sudden demise. (IANS)