A tribute to the Union Minister, Suresh Angadi

Suresh Chandra Angadi was an Indian politician who served as a member of parliament from 2004 and served as the minister of state for railways from 2019 until his death in 2020. He was a leader of the “Bharatiya Janata Party”, Karnataka.

Born on June 1, 1955, Angadi was a Member of the Lok Sabha from Belgaum in Karnataka.

The former belonged to the dominant “Lingayat community”, who form the core electoral base of BJP, particularly in North Karnataka.

He won from Belgaum four times; in fact, Angadi never saw defeat since he first stood for elections in 2004.

In his first election, he had defeated Congress candidate, “Amarsinh Patil”, son of veteran politician and freedom fighter, “Vasant Rao Patil”.

Five years later, in 2009 Lok Sabha Election, Angadi once again defeated Patil.

In 2014, Congress decided to field another popular leader, Laxmi R Hebbalkar against Angadi but riding on the Modi wave, he defeated her too.

In the last Lok Sabha Elections in 2019, Angadi defeated Congress candidate, V S Sadhunnavar.

The BJP leader was born in an agricultural family in KK Koppa village near Belagavi. He graduated from the commerce stream and also pursued a course in law.

Angadi started his political career in 1996 when he was made the Belgaum district BJP vice president. In 2001, he was nominated as the Belgaum district president of BJP.

Three years after rising to the post of district president, Angadi was given ticket to contest the Lok Sabha Election by the BJP. He emerged as a giant killer by defeating Congress candidate and then sitting MP, Amarsinh Patil.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi joined a host of political leaders and Union ministers in paying tributes to Angadi.

“Shri Suresh Angadi was an exceptional Karyakarta, who worked hard to make the Party strong in Karnataka. He was a dedicated MP and effective Minister, admired across the spectrum. His demise is saddening. My thoughts are with his family and friends in this sad hour. Om Shanti”, he tweeted on Twitter.

State president of the BJP Nalin Kumar Kateel said on Thursday that Minister of State for Railways Suresh Channabasappa Angadi who passed away in Delhi on Wednesday was a simple man with the heart of a child. Mr. Angadi had built educational institutions in North Karnataka.

He did not compromise with the principles and discipline of the BJP and worked in a Lok Sabha Constituency which posed many challenges.

He took both Marathi and Kannada speaking people into confidence and had convinced both the groups of the need for peace whenever there was trouble over language and other such issues. Hence, he could win from Belagavi constituency four times.

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