Shobha Karandlaje

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Shobha Karandlaje
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Kumari Shobha Karandlaje
Member of Parliament
In office
June 2014 – Incumbent
Constituency Udupi Chikmagalur (Lok Sabha constituency)
Minister For Rural Development and Panchayat Raj , Government of Karnataka
In office
May 2008 – November 2009
Minister for Power, Government of Karnataka
In office
2010 – May 2013
Minister for food and civil supplies, Government of Karnataka
In office
2010 – May 2012
Personal details
Born Chavarka, Puttur
Political party Bhartiya Janata Party
Religion Hinduism

Shobha Karandlaje {Kannada:ಶೋಭಾ ಕರಂದ್ಲಾಜೆ}(born October 23, 1966[1]) is a politician from Karnataka and is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India representing the Udupi-Chickmagalur constituency. She was a cabinet minister in the Government of Karnataka.

Hailing from Puttur in Coastal Karnataka, Shobha became associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at a very early age, one of the many women full-time workers of the Sangh parivar. When she decided to join politics, the RSS gave her the initial thrust. She served the Bharatiya Janata Party organisation in various capacities before being elected as an MLC in 2004. She was elected as MLA from Yeswanthpur, Bangalore in May, 2008 and was appointed as the minister for rural development and Panchayat Raj in the B.S. Yeddyurappa government. She was lauded for her performance as the RDPR minister and came to be known as a good administrator. She resigned in 2009 due to a political crisis but was re-instated in 2010 and was entrusted with the energy portfolio.[specify]. She was the power minister in the Jagadish Shettar government and also had the additional charge of the food and civil supplies department.

She contested the Indian general election, 2014 from Udupi Chikmagalur (Lok Sabha constituency) and won by a huge margin of 1.84 Lakh Votes.


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