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 48)
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
Religion Hinduism
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, and a master's degree in engineering (electrical communication) from the Indian Institute of Science.


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 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 articles appeared in IEEE, IETE, and other publications, and he obtained an US patent for testing embedded cores in multi-core integrated circuit designs.

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.[1][2] He is also a member Indian Institute of Cartoonists[3]

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.[4][5][6] 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[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • India's Largest R&D Hub: The Chitradurga is getting converted into India's largest research and development hub[9] with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Indian Institute of Science (IISc),[10] Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and Synchrotron lab coming there.[11] 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 said 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.[12]

News stories.[13][14]