Former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (U) leader J.H. Patel
(71) died here in the wee hours of Tuesday. Wife Sarvamangala
and three sons Mahima, Trishul and Satish survive him. Patel
was admitted to Manipal Hospital on December 1 for liver ailment.
And he breathed his last at the hospital at 2.30 am.
In the evening, the body was taken to his native Kariganur
via Chitradurga and Davanagere. The last rites will be performed
with full state honours on Wednesday.
He was born on October 1, 1930. Patel was a Graduate in Law,
and had participated in the freedom struggle in 1947 and was
imprisoned. He also served jail terms for participating in
Kagodu Satyagraha and during the Emergency.
He was a follower of Rammanohar Lohia; Patel was a close
associate of Shantveri Gopala Gowda, George Fernandes and
Madhu Limaye. He had close links with literary circle, and
shared a warm relationship with Prof. Ananthamurthy, Gopala
Krishna Adiga, Beechi, P. Kalinga Rao, among others.
Patel was elected to Lok Sabha from Shimoga constituency
in 1967, and was the first Kannadiga to table his debates
in Kannada. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly from
Channagiri constituency in 1978. He was elected for the second
term in 1983, and served as a cabinet minister under Ramakrishna
Hegde. In last election a young candidate Vadnal Rajanna defeated
J.H. Patel was a rare politician known for his wit and sarcasm.
Here are some of the glimpses.
When the Janata Dal suffered a major setback in the last
Assembly elections mainly due to the party split, media persons
asked Patel when the parties would unite. He said "we have
divorced just now, there will be no remarriage immediately".
Patel's frank introspection "I am fond of wine and women;
and my wife knows about it" had sent shock ripples.
On the opposition criticism of the power shortage, Patel
said "The Opposition leaders are unnecessarily raising a hue
and cry, let them touch the electric wire once and feel it!!".