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Ananth Kumar

Ananth Kumar


Ananth Kumar was an influential political leader of BJP Karnataka and social worker, trader, and also a successful industrialist. He was a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India elected from Bangalore. He represented Bengaluru South constituency in the Lok Sabha Since 1996. Ananth Kumar had the charge of two key ministries - as Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers from May 2014 and as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs from July 2016 in the Narendra Modi government. He graduated in the faculty of Arts (B.A) from K S Arts College, Hubli affiliated to the Karnataka University and later, completed his bachelors in law (L.L.B) from J.S.S. Law College affiliated to the Karnataka University. He died on November 12, 2018. Before that, he had arrived in Bengaluru on October 20 after undergoing extensive treatment in London and New York.

Personal Life

Full Name Ananth Kumar
Date of Birth 22 Jul 1959
Date of Death 12 Nov 2018 (Age 59)
Place of Birth Bengaluru (Karnataka)
Party name Bharatiya Janta Party
Education Graduate Professional
Profession Social Worker
Father's Name Shri H. N. Narayana Shastry
Mother's Name Smt. Girija N. Shastry
Spouse's Name Smt. Tejaswini Ananth Kumar
Children 2 Daughter(s)


Permanent address No. 26, H.B. Samaja Road, Basavanagudi,Bengaluru - 560 004, KarnatakaTel : (080) 26568484Fax : (080) 26560286
Present address 26, Tughlak Crescent,New Delhi - 110 011Tel : (011) 23794754Fax : (011) 23012791
Contact number 9899107084
Email akumar-alpha@sansad.nic.in
Website http://ananth.org/
Social Handles

Interesting Facts

He was the Chief Patron of Adamya Chetana, Smt. Girija Shastry Memorial Trust, which has successfully undertaken over projects: (i) Annapoorna - to provide nutritious mid-day meal to 2,00,000 under privileged, needy school children with Govt. support, Bangalore, Hubli, Gulbarga and Jodhpur, Rajasthan; (ii) Aata-Paatha - a mobile unit, fiTted with educational gadgets like computers, sports equipments, costumes for drama, teaching aids, books, drawing and painting materials, audio visual equipments, etc.,; visit different schools situated in slums of Bengaluru making teaching, learning a fun experience; Adoption of Government schools to provide drinking water facility, building renovation, uniforms and health check-ups etc; and (iv) Vocational training programme for reduced prices especially girls and women; associated with the blood donation site "http://www.raktadan.org" aimed to bring blood donors and the needy together. He Participated in Social And Cultural Activities including Annapoorna, Aata-Paatha etc.. He wrote several articles on national issues in well-known newspapers and periodicals. He was well known public speaker in Kannada, Hindi, English and Telugu on political and educational issues. His special interests were Reading, Writing, Poetry and Travelling.
His favourite Pastime and Recreation are Sight seeing, star gazing, playing with children
He also interested in sports including Cricket, Badminton, Table Tennis, Chess.

Political Timeline

  • 2018
    Union Minister Ananth Kumar passed away on Monday at 2 am on November 12, 2018, following complications due to cancer. He had been in the intensive care unit and was on ventilator support for the past few days.
  • 2016
    He was given the additional charge of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
  • 2014
    Ananth Kumar again elected from Bangalore South. This time he defeated Nandan Nilekani, the strong candidate of Congress Party. Later he was appointed as Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers in Narendra Modi's cabinet. Also, he became the Member of BJP Central Election Committee and BJP Parliamentary Board.
  • 2014
    He became Member, BJP Central Election Committee and the Member, BJP Parliamentary Board on June 2014.
  • 2013
    He became a Member of NIMHANS, 16th August, 2013 served till death.
  • 2012
    He was the Member of the Indian Parliamentarian delegation to 67th UN General Assembly Was the first Indian to address the U.N.G.A. in Kannada on 16th October, 2012.
  • 2010
    He became a Vice-President of The Council Of World Affairs, 7 May, 2010 and a Member of Indian-Portugal Parliamentary Friendship Group, 29 July, 2010.
  • 2008
    He became a Vice Chairman ABIDe (Agenda for Bangalore Infrastructure Development) 2008-2010
  • 2004
    In 2004, he was appointed National General Secretary of the BJP contributing to building the party in MP, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and other states. On 26 May 2014, Kumar was appointed Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers in the cabinet of the current Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
  • 2004
    He was the Member of Governing Council, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2004-09.
  • 2003
    He became the President of the Karnataka state unit of BJP in 2003 and led the state unit which became the single largest party in the Legislative Assembly and won the highest number of Lok Sabha seats in 2004 in Karnataka.
  • 1999
    In 1999, he was re-elected to a 3rd Consecutive term and became a cabinet minister in the National Democratic Alliance government. He handled various ministries like Tourism, Sports & Youth Affairs, Culture, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation. He was the Founder President of Aerospace Museum Society, Bangalore, April, 1999. He was the Member of Indian Parliamentary Delegation to China.
  • 1998
    After defeating D P Sharma of Congress in 1998, he was re-elected and was inducted into the Union Cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Minister for Civil Aviation and he was the youngest cabinet minister in that Government. He was the Member of Infrastructure Task Force, November 1988. He was the part of International Exchange Programme; and as Special Emissary of the Government of India hoisted the Tri-colour in Washington for the celebration of 51st Year of Indian Independence in August, 1998.
  • 1997
    He was the Member of Young Parliamentarian Conference, 1997.
  • 1996
    He later joined BJP and was nominated as the State President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. He was then made National Secretary of the party in 1996. He was elected from Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996. He defeated Varalakshmi Gundu Rao of INC. He was the Member of Central Silk Board, 1996-97. He was the Member of Indian Parliamentary Delegation to UNESCO. He was the Member of Governing Council, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1996-98
  • 1996
    From 1996 to 2016, Sri Ananth Kumar has completed glorious two decades of service without a break in the prestigious constituency of Bengaluru South. And incidentally, BJP as a party has held on to this constituency for a silver jubilee years, (25 years) from 1991 to 2016. He was appointed as Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Industry. He served this post just for one year.
  • 1993
    He was the Member of the delegation to The United States of America with Shri Narendra Modi, 1993
  • 1983-86
    State Convenor of Save Assam Movement, Karnataka in 1983; of International Youth Year in 1985 and of R.S.S. sponsored Drought Relief Committee, Karnataka in 1986. He was the Organiser of State and national level conferences and study camps; Convenor for many State and University level agitations.
  • 1982
    From 1982-85 he elected as the Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarathi Parishad (A.B.V.P.), Karnataka

Early Life

  • 1975-77
    He participated in J.P. Movement against Emergency Rule in India, 1975-77; detained for about 40 days.
Net Worth4.23 CRORE
Liabilities28.83 LAKHS

Disclaimer: The information relating to the candidate is an archive based on the self-declared affidavit filed at the time of elections. The current status may be different. For the latest on the candidate kindly refer to the affidavit filed by the candidate with the Election Commission of India in the recent election.


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