Janardhana Swamy

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Janardhana Swamy
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Chitradurga
In office
17 May 2009 – 16 May 2014
Preceded by N. Y. Hanumanthappa
Succeeded by B N Chandrappa
Majority 135084
Personal details
Born (1968-06-04) 4 June 1968 (age 50)
Chitradurga, Karnataka
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Residence Chitradurga
Alma mater U.B.D.T. College of Engineering, Davangere and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Profession Electrical and communication engineer
Website jswamy.com

Janardhana Swamy was a Member of parliament, Lok Sabha, India.

He served as a Member of Parliament in 15th Lok Sabha on (2009-2014) representing the Chitradurga Lok Sabha Constituency in the Parliament of India.


He holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Instrumentation Technology) from U.B.D.T. College of Engineering, Davangere, under University of Mysore and a Master's degree in Engineering (Electrical Communication) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.


Before contesting in the India's General Elections in 2009, Janardhana Swamy worked as a full-time party worker of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and served as the first president of BJP IT Cell (Karnataka Division). Prior to this, he gained more than a decade of experience in India, China, Taiwan, and America's Silicon Valley – the world's most reputed center for technology, engineering and innovation. He worked in various engineering and management positions at Cisco, Dell, Sasken, Cadence Design Systems, and Sun Microsystems.

His research articles appeared in IEEE, IETE, and other publications, and he obtained a US patent for testing embedded cores in multi-core integrated circuit designs.[1]

As a Member of Parliament, he focussed in laying a strong foundation to develop Chitradurga with a sustainable economy. This involved direct railway line, Upper Bhadra water project, and various mega industries from the Government of India. While he is also known to practice clean politics, he lost the 2014 LS election mainly due to splitting of his party into three parties, and division of his community votes as the JDS fielded a candidate from the same community.[2]

Early life[edit]

Janardhana Swamy is the only son for his father Venkatappa and mother Chinnadevi. His father Venkatappa was a primary school teacher who relentlessly worked for providing awareness and education to the poor children in the rural villages of Karnataka, India. Janardhana Swamy studied in the Kannada medium until his 10th class.

Literary, Social, Cultural and Artistic Works[edit]

In addition to the engineering and technology, Janardhana Swamy's interests and skills include art, literature, education, economy, agriculture, and governance. He designed and illustrated cover pages for several books and publications. While he was in United States, he worked as the Chief Editor & Vice-President of California's Kannada community organisation KKNC.

His cartoons appeared in state, national and international publications and newspapers in India.[3][4] He is also a member Indian Institute of Cartoonists.[5]

Developing Chitradurga[edit]

  • Direct Railway Line: Janardhana Swamy, along with Davangere MP GM Siddeshwara and Tumkur MP GS Basavaraju, played an important role in sanctioning the direct Railway connection between Chitradurga and the state's capital Bangalore.[6][7][8] Efforts from these three MPs led to convince BS Yeddyurappa, the then Chief Minister of the Karnataka State, to contribute from State funds to share 50% on the cost of the project in addition to providing the required land free of cost from the State government. With the help of State funding and support from Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa, and with the support of Railway Horata Samiti and Swamijis and people, the 40-year struggle has now resulted in a meaningful outcome for the Chitradurga constituency. First time, on 19 September 2010, the most fought Davangere-Chitradurga-Tumkur direct railway line is approved by the Planning Commission[9]
  • Upper Bhadra Project: The Upper Bhadra Project is aimed at providing drinking water to the drought prone Chitradurga. Janardhana Swamy is working very closely with the State government on this project. The project, with the total investment of Rs. 60 billion (about $1.5B USD), is known to be making a good progress.[10]
  • India's Largest R&D Hub: The Chitradurga is getting converted into India's largest research and development hub[11] with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Indian Institute of Science (IISc),[12] Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and Synchrotron lab coming there.[13] The establishment of these institutions were in discussion from a significant time. Swamy's predecessor NY Hanumanthappa and Chitradurga's then DC Amlan Biswas also played an important role in providing support. State government decided to provide the land at Chitradurga. Now Swamy is also working closely with these organisations at various levels for a faster implementations of the projects while protecting the interests of the Constituency. He is also ensuring the needed support from the State and Central governments and administrations is provided in time.


A tabloid, Bangalore Mirror, ran a report on how Swamy was given a 4,000 sq ft site from the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). The article claimed that while accepting the site allotted to him he stated that the other land he possessed was not liveable.

Other Roles[edit]

In 15th Lok Sabha:

He is presently holding the following positions:


Biographical information.[14]

News stories.[15][16]


  1. ^ "US6686759.pdf" (PDF). docs.google.com. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  2. ^ Kadkol, Pradeepkumar (2014-05-28). "LS polls: how BJP lost out in Chitradurga constituency". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  3. ^ Cartoons Archived 6 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ http://expressbuzz.com/Cities/Bangalore/mp-displays-cartooning-skills/134145.html[permanent dead link] MP displays cartooning skills
  5. ^ http://www.cartoonistsindia.com/htm/contacts1.htm, Indian Institute of Cartoonists
  6. ^ Chitradurga-Bangalore railway link project gets the nod, The Hindu
  7. ^ Meeting with the Railway Minister, OneIndia
  8. ^ Davangere-Tumkur rail link The Hindu
  9. ^ New Railway Line: Official approval letter Archived 23 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. from the Planning Commission of India
  10. ^ Upper Bhadra Project in progress Archived 6 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine., photos from project site
  11. ^ Chitradurga to be India's largest R&D Hub, The Deccan Chronicle
  12. ^ IISc opens its second campus in Chitradurga, The Deccan Herald
  13. ^ Synchtron project in discussion, The Hindu
  14. ^ "Who's Who, National Portal of India". India.gov.in. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "We want freedom to innovate and experiment,". indiatoday.intoday.in. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Karnataka's swades man,". mid-day.com. Retrieved 26 May 2009.