This senior member of the BJP has been a member of legislative council (M.L.C) of Karnataka state since 2002.
Acharya was attending a function at the Arts and Science College at Nrupatunga Road in Bangalore when he suddenly took ill and collpased on stage. He had only arrived from Mangalore on Tuesday morning by flight and headed straight to the college to address the gathering.
Acharya also served as Home Minister in the previous term. Known for his clean image, Acharya had served as minister of medical education and animal husbandry in the BJP-JDS coalition government.
Acharya was born in 1939 in the coastal district of Udupi and is also a medical doctor. He was jailed for a period of 19 months during the emergency period imposed by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.