Vijay Sankeshwar

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Vijay Sankeshwar
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Born 02 Aug 1950
Gadag, Karnataka
Residence Hubli
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Managing Director of VRL Group
Relatives Anand Sankeshwar (Son)
Official Website

Vijay Sankeshwar (Kannada:ವಿಜಯ್ ಸಂಕೇಶ್ವರ ; born: 1950) is a politician, publisher[1] and businessman from Gadag, Karnataka. He is the chairman of the India's largest logistics firm VRL Group and is also known for being the owner of largest fleet of commercial vehicles in India.[2]

He left BJP and founded Kannada Nadu Party. Later he joined the Karnataka Janata Paksha of BJP outcast Yeddyurappa; the party eventually merged back with BJP. Vijay Sankeshwar was also a former Member of Parliament from North Dharwad constituency as a BJP member.

Sankeshwar previously owned Karnataka's largest circulating newspaper, Vijaya Karnataka until it was sold to Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. (The Times Group) for an undisclosed sum in 2007. After the expiry of a 5-year non-compete clause he launched Vijaya Vani in 2012.


He completed his Graduation in Commerce and was educated at Adarsh Shikshan Samiti, College of Commerce, Gadag, Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka.

Birth of VRL Group[edit]

Founded in 1976 by Mr. Vijay Sankeshwar in Gadag, a small town in North Karnataka with a single truck and a vision that was way ahead of its time. VRL soon expanded its service to Bengaluru, Hubballi and Belagavi. From this humble beginning VRL has grown into a nationally renowned logistics and transport company which is currently the largest fleet owner in India with a fleet of 3579 Vehicles (Including 588 tourist buses & 3481 Goods Transport Vehicles) as of 28th Feb 2014. VRL finds mentioned in the limca book of record as a Single largest fleet owner of commercial vehicles in India in the private sector. Over the years VRL has pioneered in providing a safe and reliable delivery network in the field of parcel service. It has spread its operations to Courier Service, Express Cargo & Air Chartering to meet the growing demand of the burgeoning customer base.

3PL & Warehousing solutions offered by VRL are tailor-made and cater to unique needs of various customers of the industry. With the largest network in India, the VRL parcel service is indispensable for large number of corporate houses. This network spans the length and breadth of the country and is supported by large number of transhipment hubs. VRL operates through a network of 859 Branch and franchisees to cater our valuable customers. VRL is now expanding its service to reach even the remote locations of the Country. u

Political career[edit]

Year Position Held
1993 Member, B.J.P., Dist. Dharwad, Karnataka (Held various positions at District and State level)
1996 Elected to 11th Lok Sabha
1996-97 Member, Committee on Finance and Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Surface Transport
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1998-99 Transport
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1999-2000 Member, Committee on Commerce and Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism