T B Jayachandra was born to Smt. Timmamma and Shri Boraiah, an agriculturist family in the year 1949 in Timmanahalli, a remote village in Chikkanayakanahalli Taluk of Tumkur District in Karnataka.
Worked in various capacities in the Indian National Congress Party Organization at Taluk, District and State Level , Vice – President KPYCC 1979-81, All India Congress Committee between 1996 – 2000 & 2005 – 2008 -2012 till now, KPCC Election Management & Co-ordination Committee for 2008 General Election to Legislative Assembly, Strategy Committee for 1999 General Election to Legislative Assembly, Permanent Invitee for KPCC Executive Committee.
T.B.Jayachandra was grown up with strong congress ideology, as his father Boraiah himself was an honest congressman. He was a close reader of Congress Sandesha magazine during his school days. He was highly impressed and motivated when he got a chance to see the then Prime minister of India Shri Jawaharlal Nehru along with young Indira Gandhi at Tumkur. His father in law K Halappa from Shimoga, a true Gandhian during those days made a big impact on Jayachandra who is a big admirer and endorser of Gandhian thoughts and values of our times. Born and bought up in the midst of Dalit, minority and OBC families in Timmanahalli, as a Youngman during his school days Jayachandra was very fair and energetic, studied till 7th standard in his village and completed his high school in Gandhinagar High School, Bangalore. Pre-university is Tumkur’s premiere Siddaganga College. Graduation in science by Tumkur first grade college. LLB at Vidyodaya law college in Tumkur. It was a degree in law which made him enter public life and start working for the cause of poor, underprivileged and farmers. He started his practice at Tumkuru under K V Subramanyaswamy and later on moved to Chikkanayakanahalli. During these days he got wider attention for taking up cases of farmers who were lodged complaints by police for pumping water for agriculture purpose from a nearby reservoir. He directly took this cause to the then chief minister of Karnataka Shri Devraja Urs and got a permanent relief to the farmers of in and around Chikkanayakanahalli taluk. From there on he becomes the blue-eyed boy of Shri Devaraj Urs and turned to be a political guru for Jayachandra.
Elected as Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly, from Kallambella & Sira constituencies of Tumkur District, Karnataka for 6 terms shows his popularity and acceptance by the people. Jayachandra’s was also instrumental in bringing Hemavathi river water to the parched areas of Sira Taluks of Tumkur District. The peoples protest and urge for Hemavathi water got an extra edge when Jayachandra took the leadership of this agitation and concluded this with the result of water entering the drought-hit Sira. Continued to this he took the challenge of taking the water further to Madalur lake in Sira taluk by constructing channel to Madalur lake connecting Kalambella.
During 1997 “Krishna Kolla Neeravari Horata Samithi” was formed under his Chairmanship with farmers as members to fight for the implementation of the Upper Bhadra Project, as per the orders of Krishna Water Tribunal for the benefit of the farmers of drought-prone areas in Chickmagalur, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts. As a continues effort he prevailed upon then Chief Minister S M Krishan in 2003 and played an important role in getting cabinets approval for Rs 2914 Crores in 2003. As a result of his continuous efforts, the Government of Karnataka gave revised administrative approval to take up the Upper Bhadra Project with an expenditure of Rs. 12,934 crores and the work are under progress. He is instrumental in making this project a reality and this project would help lakhs of farmers in parts of Chickmagalur, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts. For the outstanding efforts and work in the area of water, irrigation and agriculture people with love and affection started calling him as Barada Nadina Bhagiratha (Bhagiratha of the drought-hit region)
The combination of Legislative assembly Opposition leader Shri Siddaramaiah and deputy leader Shri T B Jayachandra’ s leadership, strategies and phenomenal Bellary padha yatra resulted in Congress historical victory in Karnataka assembly elections in the year 2013.
During this tenure (2013- 2018) he was the Cabinet Minister and handled the portfolios of Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Animal Husbandry, Endowments, Higher Education and Minor Irrigation very efficiently. He was also the Chairman of 16 Cabinet Sub-Committees, Vice Chairman for one Cabinet Sub Committee and Member for 24 Cabinet Sub-Committees. Besides Chairman of the Committee for Simplification, Strengthening, Tracking of Govt. Programmes.
He was instrumental in bringing up series of barrages, bridge-cum-barrages, and impounding water structures to arrest the water and to increase underground water table, due to his efforts the borewells got rejuvenated and agriculture cropping area drastically increased in Sira Taluk. Which got attention and widely appreciated from the common man and lawmakers from across the Karnataka State. The same model was applied to the majority of parts in the state during his tenure as Minister of minor irrigation.
Education and Health care is another area of interest for Jayachandra. His visionary ideas helped to bring HAL to Tumkur District. High tech Mother and Child hospital and new upgraded Taluk Hospital in Sira. Numerous Government Hostels for all communities across Sira taluk. Starting of Government Polytechnique in Sira helping rural students to get into technical education with the required skill to compete with urban students. Mini Vidhana Soudha about to inaugurate for effective administration, all set to provide Sira taluk with potential to become the next district headquarters.
The below key positions held by him shows his excellent track record as lawmaker and parliamentarian of Karnataka State: DEPUTY LEADER of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Assembly from 1994 – 99 and 2008 to 17-05-2013, The Minister for Agriculture, Government of Karnataka and District In-charge Minister of Tumkur District, from 17.10.1999 to 27.06.2002, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE of KARNATAKA at NEW DELHI: From 27.06.2002 to 11.12.2003 with the Status of Cabinet Minister, Minister for Food & Civil Supplies and District In-charge Minister of Mandya District, from 12.12.2003 to 28.5.2004, MINISTER for Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Animal Husbandry. Endowment (18.05.2013 – 30.10.2015) and District In-charge Minister of Tumkur District, MINISTER for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Higher Education (from 30.10.2015 to 20.06.2016) and District In-charge Minister of Tumkur District, MINISTER for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Minor Irrigation (from 21.06.2016 to 15.05.2018) and District In-charge Minister of Tumkur District.
Represented India at the 48th Common Wealth Parliamentary Seminar held at West Minister, U K during March-1999. As Minister for Higher Education visited the London School of Economics (LSE) and attended Education World Forum-2016 during January 2016. This visit has helped to start Dr.B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics in Bengaluru on the lines of London School of Economics. Widely travelled Abroad to study Agriculture and development of Industrial Sectors.
The uniqueness of Jayachandra as a politician in public life is his research approach on public benefitting projects for the state, for his constituency when he is not in government and immediate implementation of the same with utmost keenness once when he is back in decision making position.
Despite his hectic schedule and numerous public engagements, T B Jayachandra loves listening to old Kannada movie music, watching a game of cricket. He has a keen interest in farming and dairying. A true family man enjoying his free time with grandchildren’s and wife Srimati Nirmala Jayachandra. Sons Santhosh, Sandeep and Sanjay are the feathers in the crown of Jaychandra, who lend their supporting hand to their dad in the public life.