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Basappa Danappa Jatti
ಬಸಪ್ಪ ದಾನಪ್ಪ ಜತ್ತಿ


In office
February 11, 1977 – July 25, 1977
Preceded by Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Succeeded by Neelam Sanjiva Reddy

In office
August 31, 1974 – August 30, 1979
President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Preceded by Gopal Swarup Pathak
Succeeded by Muhammad Hidayatullah

In office
May 16, 1958 – March 9, 1962
Preceded by Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa
Succeeded by S.R. Kanthi

Born September 10, 1912(1912-09-10)
Savalgi, Jamakhandi, Bijapur, British Raj
Died May 7, 2002 (aged 89)
Nationality Indian
Political party Independent
Religion Hindu

Basappa Danappa Jatti (Kannada: ಬಸಪ್ಪ ದಾನಪ್ಪ ಜತ್ತಿ)(September 10, 1912–June 7, 2002) was born to Kannada Lingayat family at Savalgi, Bijapur district of Karnataka state. Jatti graduated as a lawyer from Sykes Law College, Kolhapur and became a pleader in Jamakhandi. He was President of India (acting) from February 11, 1977 to July 25, 1977.

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Biography

Soft-spoken Jatti rose from a humble beginning as a Municipality member to India’s second-highest office during a five-decade-long chequered political career.

Born in Savalgi in Jamakhandi Taluk of Bijapur district, Mr Jatti entered politics as a Municipality member at Jamakhandi in 1940 and later became its President. He was eventually elected to the Jamakhandi State Legislature.

A Law Graduate from Sykes Law College, Kolhapur, he practised for a brief period as a pleader in Jamakhandi. He was appointed minister of Jamakhandi state, and subsequently became its Chief Minister. On March 8, 1948 after Jamakhandi was merged with Bombay state, he returned to legal practice and continued it for 20 months. Jatti was also nominated as member of the Bombay State Legislative Assembly to represent the merged area, and, within a week of his nomination, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the then Bombay Chief Minister, B G Kher. He worked in that capacity for a couple of years.

After the 1952 general elections, he was appointed Minister of Health and Labour of the then Bombay Government and held that post till the reorganisation of states.

Jatti became member of the Mysore Legislative Assembly after the reorganisation and was Chairman of the Land Reforms Committee. He became Chief Minister in 1958 and continued in that office until 1962.

Re-elected from Jamkhandi constituency in the third general elections, Jatti was appointed Finance Minister on July 2, 1962 in the Nijalingappa Ministry. He was re-elected to the fourth Assembly from the same constituency and appointed as Minister of Food and Civil Supplies.

Jatti subsequently moved onto the national scene and was appointed Lt Governor of Pondicherry in 1968. He became Orissa Governor in 1973 and, in 1974, assumed office of Vice-President until 1980. He became acting President for a brief period after the death of Fakruddin Ali Ahmed. After demitting office as Vice-President, Jatti continued to be in the limelight as a keen observer of the political situation in the country.

A deeply religious man, he was also founder president of the Basava Samithi, which propagated the preachings of 12th century saint philosopher Basaveshwara. He was also involved in various organisations concerned with social activities.

Religion

Outside of politics, Jatti was founder president of the Basava Samithi, a religious movement propagated the preachings of 12th century saint, philosopher and Hindu refomer Basaveshwara.

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Titles Held

Political offices
Preceded by
S.Nijalingappa
Chief Minister of Mysore State
16 May 1958 - 9 March 1962
Succeeded by
S.R. Kanthi
Preceded by
S.L. Silam
Lt. Governor of Pondicherry
14 October 1968 - 8 November 1972
Succeeded by
Chhedilal
Preceded by
Justice Shri Gatikrishna Mishra
Governor of Orissa
8 November 1972- 20 August 1974
Succeeded by
Justice Shri Gatikrishna Mishra
(Acting)
Preceded by
Gopal Swarup Pathak
Vice-President of India
August 31, 1974 - August 30, 1979
Succeeded by
Muhammad Hidayat Ullah
Preceded by
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
President of India
(Acting)

February 11, 1977 - July 25, 1977
Succeeded by
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy

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