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B. Janardhana Poojary
|President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee|
|Preceded by||Allum Veerabhadrappa|
|Succeeded by||Mallikarjun Kharge|
|Born||27 April 1937|
B. Janardhana Poojary (born 27 April 1937) is a senior politician from Indian National Congress party. He was a former Union Minister and Karnataka's Congress President. During the Prime Ministership of Smt. Indira Gandhi he had been appointed as Union Minister of State for Finance in 1982 and he continued to be Union Minister of State for Finance during the tenure of Rajiv Gandhi until 1987. Later Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi appointed Shree B. Janardhan Poojary as Union Minister of State for Rural Development from 1987 to 1989. Shree Rajiv Gandhi also appointed Shree B. Janardhan Poojary as General Secretary of All India Congress Committee in 1990 as well as President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee in 1990. He continued to be General Secretary of All India Congress Committee during the tenure of Prime Minister Shree P. V. Narasimha Rao up to 1996. After Shree Rajiv Gandhi Shree Rajiv Gandhi his wife All India Congress Committee President (AICC President) & United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi also appointed Shree B. Janardhan Poojary as President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee in 2003 for the second time. He continued as President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee up to 2005.
Prior to joining politics, Janardhana Poojary practiced law as a barristerr from 1960 to 1979. As a lawyer, he was actively engaged in safeguarding the interests of poor agricultural tenants and defended a large number of poor people by giving them free legal aid. He was elected to the 6th Lok Sabha in 1977 from Mangalore constituency in Karnataka. He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980, 1984 and 1989 from the same constituency. He was a Central (Union) Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Finance from 1982-84. From 1984 to 87 he was the Central (Union) Minister of State for Finance. He was the Central Minister of State for Rural Development in 1988-89. He was defeated by V. Dhananjay Kumar during 1994 Lokhsabha election. Despite of his best efforts he was defeated by BJP candidates in successive elections. In April 1994, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament – a position he held until May 2008.
He was responsible for the construction of several college, schools and temples, including the Gokarnanatheshwara Temple (Kudroli Temple) in Mangalore. He also took active part in Construction of Dharmasthala Kanyadi Shree Raam Mandir. He also took initiative in the renovation of Kankanady Shree Brahma Baiderkala Garodi Temple & Katpady Shree Vishwanatha Temple.
During his tenure as Central (Union) Minister of State for Finance, he organized credit camps (Loan Melas) to give assistance to the weaker sections of the society.
He has brought several projects not only to Mangalore but for entire Karnataka. Some of the projects are Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL), Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), Upgrading Mangalore Domestic (National) Airport to Mangalore International Airport, Upgrading Karnataka Regional Engineering College (KREC) to National Institute Of Technology (NITK), extension of New Mangalore Port (NMPT), railway projects like Bangalore/Mangalore Day & Night Train, Four Lane Highway Projects of about 60 km from Bantwal To Surathkal.
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