V. Dhananjay Kumar

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Venur Dhananjay Kumar
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Former Member of Parliament
Constituency Mangalore
Personal details
Born (1951-06-04) 4 June 1951 (age 64)
Venur, Karnataka
Political party Janata Dal (Secular)[1]
Spouse(s) Vanitha
Children 1 son and 1 daughter
Residence Bangalore
Religion Jainism
Source Parliament of India

Venur Dhananjay Kumar Alva is a former Union minister of India and a former Member of Parliament from Mangalore.Being a staunch loyalist of former Chief Minister of Karnataka B. S. Yeddyurappa, he was elected as the president of the new Karnataka Janata Party after he was expelled from the Bharatiya Janta Party and from the post of the Special representative of the Government of Karnataka to the Union Government in New Delhi.[2] Dhananjay Kumar officially joined the Janata Dal (Secular) on 16 March 2014[3] .

Political career[edit]

Dhananjay Kumar, born in a Jain family, began his political career in the youth wing of Bharatiya Janta Party and later went on to become a Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1983. In 1991, he was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha defeating the Congress stalwart B.Janardhana Poojary. With the rise of the Bharatiya Janta Party in Karnataka, Kumar went on to represent the Mangalore constituency in the Lok Sabha for four successive terms and served as Union Minister, thrice in the Government of India when the Bharatiya Janata Party was in power. He was cabinet minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism in 1996, Union Minister of State for Finance from 1999–2000 and Union Minister of State for Textiles from 2000–2003.Former union minister Dhananjaya Kumar, officially joined the Janata Dal (Secular) on 16 March 2014.[4]