Submitted by Newseditor on Tue, 2015-11-17 13:25 Bengaluru: Veteran BJP leader and former forest minister Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli died of cardiac arrest here on November 17. Gurupadappa(74) was at Vikram hospital in Bengaluru after he complained of chest pain. His bereaved family comprises five sons and two daughters. He had celebrated his 74 birthday on November 11. Former chief minister Yediyurappa and other leaders have condoled his death. "Gurupadappa's contribution to the co-operation sector has been immense," said senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa. He was elected as an MLA six times and served as a minister thrice. He was KJP MLA from Bidar north constituency. Nagamarapalli, is known as a leader who had pioneered the growth of cooperative sector. He led the 92-year-old District Central Cooperative Bank in its most crucial period starting from 1985. The bank that started as a federation of village-level primary agriculture cooperative societies now provides crop loans for 60 per cent of the district’s farmers. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development hailed the DCC bank’s promotion and linkage of self-help groups. Bidar is recognised as a SHG district by NABARD for having over 22,000 SHGs in 600 villages and 300 hamlets. The SHGs promoted and linked by the DCC Bank have an internal lending of over Rs. 600 crore. Nagamarapalli founded the Naranja Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane cooperative sugar factory in 2000. The factory crushes over 5 lakh tones of sugarcane to produce 5 lakh quintals of sugar every year. Gulbarga University gave him a honorary doctorate two years ago. He became the chief promoter of Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli multi-state super specialty cooperative hospital in Bidar. Some of the wings of the hospital became operational a few months ago. The veteran's last rites will be held in Bidar on November 18.