D. Devaraj Urs

D. Devaraj Urs

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D. Devaraj Urs Profile

  • Name:
  • D. Devaraj Urs
  • Born:
  • August 15, 1915
  • Died:
  • June 6, 1982

D. Devaraj Urs Biography

D. Devaraj Urs was an Indian politician who served as the Chief Minister of Karnataka twice. He was known for his reforms to uplift the scheduled castes and other backward communities of Karnataka. He was a chain pipe-smoker. He was born in the year 1915 in Mysore.


He served as the Chief Minister of the state from 20th March 1972 to 31st December 1977 and then from 28th February 1978 to 7th January 1980. He was succeeded by R. Gundu Rao. He voiced for the poor and downtrodden of the society and launched a silent social revolution. He was elected from Hunsur constituency as an MLA and served in this position for 28 years from 1952 to 1980. He was one of the longest serving Chief Ministers of Karnataka.


He launched the stipendiary schemes to help 16,000 unemployed graduates. He abolished the practice of carrying night soil by Dalits. It was he who renamed Mysore state as Karnataka in the year 1973. He spearheaded the land reforms and other social reforms. He championed the cause of liberation of bonded labor. He executed the Kali project.


When there was a split in the Congress in 1969, Congress (O) was formed by S. Nijalingappa, Veerendra Patil, Ramakrishna Hegde and Deve Gowda. He stayed with Congress (I) and supported Indira Gandhi. He advocated her Twenty point program to remove poverty in India. He supported the slogan, ‘land to the tiller’ and worked to equalize the land distribution. He made successful land redistributions in the state. He was assisted by his son in law Dr. M. D. Natraj in his social works.


He supported the founding of Electronics City by R. K. Baliga in 1970s. He went out of Congress (I) in 1978 as it crashed out of power and he had quarrel with Indira Gandhi. He was supported by A. K. Antony, Sharad Pawar and Priyaranjan Das Munish. The Congress (Urs) was called as Congress (S) in 1983. He died in the year 1982. 

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Updated: August 21, 2017

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