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Karnataka Elections: Know more about G Parameshwara here

By Shreya

Parameshwara Gangadharaiah, known as G Parameshwara was the Home Minister of Karnataka from 2015 to 2017. Born on August 6, 1951, in the then Gollahalli, he was educated in Siddhartha High School established by his father and later pursued his studies on Bachelors in Science in Agriculture. His father was an MLC, socialist, drawing teacher, and later established Sri Siddhartha Education Society, which was joined by G Parameshwara as an administrative officer, after he returned from Australia.

Parameshwara Gangadharaiah

In 1989 he won against his rival C. Rajavardhan of Janata Dal in Madhugiri Constituency and following that he served as the Minister of State for Sericulture in the Veerappa Moily cabinet in 1993. Adding a feather to his hat, in 1999, Parameshwara had set a record in the election to the Assembly from Madhugiri after he won the seat with a massive margin of 55,802 votes. Making it the biggest victory margin in the elections that year. He served as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Higher Education and Science & Technology portfolio's in S. M. Krishna Cabinet from 1999 - 2004.

In 2001, Parameshwara was inducted as Minister of State for Medical Education (attached to health minister) exchanging Science & Technology for Medical Education with Nafisa Fazal. And the very next year in 2002, he was promoted to cabinet rank by then Chief Minister S. M. Krishna citing that they needed a younger face in politics.

On 13 December 2003, he was inducted as Minister of Information & Publicity preceding Prof. B.K. Chandrashekar. In 2004, Parmeshwar won against his nearest rival Kenchamaraiah H. of Janata Dal (Secular) in Madhugiri. He was appointed as the President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee replacing R. V. Deshpande on On 27 October 2010. And was elected to the Legislative Council in 2014. The next year, in 2015, he replaced KJ George to become the Home Minister of Karnataka but resigned as the Home Minister in 2017.

He is also expected to be the Chief Ministerial candidate from the Congress in the upcoming assembly elections in the state. Parameshwara had drawn flak when women were harassed on New Year's Eve in Bengaluru in 2016 and Parameshwara had blamed the victims for the harassment.

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