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|H N Ananth Kumar|
|BJP National General Secretary|
|Preceded by||K.Venkatagiri gowda, BJP|
22 July 1959 |
|As of August 19, 2010|
Ananth Kumar, (born 22 July 1959) is a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency of Karnataka and is a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka.
Ananth Kumar was born on 22 July 1959 in Bangalore, Karnataka to Sri.H.N. Narayan Sastry and Smt.Girija. He graduated in the faculty of Arts (B.A) from K.S.Arts College at Hubli which is affiliated to the Karnatak University and later, completed his bachelors in law (L.L.B) from J.S.S. Law College affiliated to the Mysore University. He married Smt.Tejaswini and the couple have 2 daughters - Aishwarya and Vijeta.
Having been influenced by the ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from his childhood, he chose Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the students wing of the Sangh Parivar, to begin his public life. As an important office bearer of the ABVP, he became one of the most popular and influential Student's union leader in Karnataka. During the Emergency, he was imprisoned along with thousands of other student activists. Very early in his life, he was elected as the State Secretary of the ABVP and later, became its National Secretary in 1985.
Later, he moved from the ABVP and joined its political counterpart the BJP. His first important role in politics was when he was nominated as the State President of BJP Yuva Morcha. He then, increased his activity in the national politics and was soon made the National Secretary of the party in 1996. He was one of the most important leaders of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in Karnataka.
He rose to prominence when he was elected from the Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996. In 1998 he was re elected with a higher margin and was inducted into the Union Cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Minister for Civil Aviation. In 1999, he was re elected to a 3rd Consecutive term and became one of the most important Cabinet ministers in the National Democratic Alliance government. He handled various ministries like Tourism, Sports & Youth Affairs, Culture, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation. He did a commendable job as Cabinet minister and was praised for his achievements in the field of Urban development.
He became the President of the Karnataka state unit of BJP in 2003 and was widely credited with the good performance of the BJP in the 2004 general elections in Karnataka. In that elections, the BJP won a large number of Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka and emerged as the single largest party in the State assembly. In 2004, he was appointed as the National General Secretary of the BJP and has held that post ever since.
In August 2005, the Centre for Public Interest Litigation had alleged that as the Urban Development Minister, Ananth Kumar misused the funds for paying his mobile bills and other private affairs. The actions of Mr. Anantha Kumar had caused considerable loss to the public exchequer. The petitioner Prashant Bhushan submitted that he wanted to bring to the notice of the Court, the mala fide and arbitrary use of power and sanctioning of loans by HUDCO to the tune of Rs. 14,500 crores and release of Rs. 8,500 crores subscription in privately placed debentures of Rs. 1,250 crores and writing off of Rs. 550 crores in 2002-2003 resulting in grave loss to the exchequer.
- Secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarathi Parishad (A.B.V.P.), Karnataka : 1982-85
- National Secretary, A.B.V.P. : 1985-87
- Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.), Karnataka : 1987-88
- General Secretary, B.J.P., Karnataka : 1988-95
- National Secretary, B.J.P. : 1995 -98
- Elected to the 11th Lok Sabha (1st term): 1996
- Member of the Governing Council Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1996–97
- Member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee, Ministry of Industry : 1996-97
- Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Ministry of Railways : 1996-97
- Elected to the 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term) : 1998
- Union Cabinet Minister, Civil Aviation : March 1998- October 1999
- Additional charge, Ministry of Tourism : January 1999 -October 1999
- Elected to the 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term) : 1999
- Union Cabinet Minister, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports : October 1999- 2 February 2000
- Union Cabinet Minister, Tourism and Culture : February 2000 -September 2001
- Union Cabinet Minister, Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation with additional charge of Rural Development : September 2001- July 2003
- President, Bharatiya Janata Party, Karnataka : 2003-2004
- Elected to the 14th Lok Sabha (4th term) : 2004
- Chairman, Committee on Coal & Steel : August 2004
- Member of the Parliamentary General Purposes Committee : 2004
- National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party : Since 2004
- Chairman, Parliamentary standing committee on Finance: 2007
- Member, Business advisory committee: 2007
- Elected to the 15th Lok Sabha (5th term) : 2009
- Chairman, Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers(31 Aug 2009-5 May 2010)
- Member, Committee of Privileges(23 Sept 2009)
- Member, Rules CommitteeChairman, Committee on External Affairs( 7 May 2010)
- Detailed Profile - Shri Ananth Kumar - Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India
- "Ananth Kumar's profile". India.gov.in. Retrieved 2005.
- "Hudco scam". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 August 2005.
- "Hudco scam". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 January 2005.
- "Hudco scam". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 January 2004.
- Biographical Sketch of Member of 13th Lok Sabha
- Members of Fourteenth Lok Sabha - Parliament of India website
- Official website of Ananth Kumar
- Election campaign site of Ananth Kumar
- Hudco Scam covered by The Hindu