Priyank M. Kharge

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Priyank M. Kharge
Minister for Social Welfare Government of Karnataka
Assumed office
Personal details
Nationality Indian
Political partyIndian National Congress

Priyank M. Kharge is an Indian politician and a member of the Indian National Congress from the state of Karnataka. He is currently minister of social welfare department in the cabinet of H D Kumaraswamy. Kharge is a second-term member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. In June 2016 Kharge was inducted into the Siddaramaiah led government of Karnataka as a state minister with Independent Charge. Kharge holds the Information Technology and Bio-Technology, Science and Technology Department portfolio in the Government of Karnataka. At age 38, Kharge is the youngest minister to be sworn into the Karnataka Cabinet.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of opposition in Lok Sabha .

Political life[edit]

Priyank Kharge is from the Indian National Congress, Kharge represents Chitapur Assembly Constituency of Gulbarga district, Karnataka. Priyank Kharge entered politics as a Student activist of the National Students' Union of India.

He contested Chittapur Assembly bye-elections in 2008 in which he lost by 1600 votes to the ruling party, BJP.

He won 2013 Assembly election from Chittapur constituency.

Kharge has studied till 2nd P.U.C.[2][3]


Besides holding the Information Technology and Bio-Technology, Science and Technology Department portfolio Tourism is also the Tourism Department with Independent Charge. As the Tourism minister Kharge announced a science circuit, Bengaluru Tourism Advisory Committee, Hyderabad-Karnataka Tourism Advisory Committee, the coastal circuit and the Cauvery circuit to boost Tourism in the state.[4] As the Information Technology Minister, Kharge has introduced a Startup Booster Kit which has facilities like access to mentors, cloud credits and incubators. In 2017 he started Bengaluru Tech Summit to boost the tech industry.[5][6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "minister with Independent Charge".
  2. ^ "Priyank began his political career in NSUI".
  3. ^ "Sitting and previous MLAs from Chittapur Assembly Constituency".
  4. ^ "Information Technology and Bio-Technology Minister".
  5. ^ "Karnataka now has launched a Startup Booster Kit – Here's what is in it".
  6. ^ "Karnataka plans startup booster kit".