Umesh Katti’s father Vishwanath Katti Ramakrishna Hegde was a Janata Party MLA when he was Chief Minister. In 1984, Vishwanath Katthi, who was an MLA, collapsed after suffering a heart attack in the assembly session. He was immediately given first aid inside the house but it was not effective.
On that occasion, 25-year-old Umesh Katthi made his debut in politics. In the subsequent by-elections, Umesh Katti won from the Janata Party. Umesh Katti was originally accompanied by Ramakrishna Hegde. Later identified with JH Patel. Later he joined the BJP in the changed political scenario.
CM Basavaraja Bommai and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah also recalled the occasion when Umesh Katti’s father Vishwanath Katti died in the House. Basavaraja Bommai remembers how 25-year-old Umesh Katthi coped during that difficult period by entering politics.
Umesh Katti entered the Legislative Assembly in 1985 as a Janata Party candidate. 1999 won as a candidate of Samyukta Janata Dal. In 2008, he won as a JDS candidate. In 2009, the BJP won the Hukkeri by-election.