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Who is H D Kumaraswamy?

H D Kumaraswamy

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Who is H D Kumaraswamy?

H D Kumaraswamy is an Indian politician and a senior leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) party. The JD(S) leader won the Karnataka's Mandya constituency's 2024 Lok Sabha elections with 58.34 per cent vote share. While his main opponent Congress candidate Venkataramane Gowda managed to bag 38.85 per cent voting share. He has been appointed as the Union Minister of Heavy Industries under the newly formed regime after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, and he also holds the Ministry of Steel portfolio under the new government. He has also served as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on two occasions, first from 2006 to 2007 and then from 2018 to 2019. Born on December 16, 1959, in Haradanahalli, Mysore State (now Karnataka), Kumaraswamy comes from a prominent political family. He is the son of H D Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister of India and a significant figure in Indian politics. Kumaraswamy's early education took place in Bangalore, where he completed his pre-university education. He later pursued a degree in Science from National College in Bangalore. Before entering active politics, Kumaraswamy was involved in the film industry as a producer, contributing to several Kannada films.
He completed his Bachelor of Science degree from National College, Jayanagar in Bangalore. Kumaraswamy did his High School studies MES Educational Institution in Bengaluru.
Political career
Kumaraswamy's political career began in the late 1990s when he joined the Janata Dal (Secular), a party led by his father, H D Deve Gowda. His entry into politics was marked by his election to the Lok Sabha from the Kanakapura constituency in 1996. He later shifted his focus to state politics and was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from the Ramanagara constituency. Kumaraswamy's first tenure as Chief Minister of Karnataka began in 2006 following a coalition agreement between the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
His administration focused on various developmental initiatives, including infrastructure projects and welfare schemes. However, the coalition government faced challenges, leading to its collapse in 2007 when Kumaraswamy resigned from his position. In 2018, Kumaraswamy became the Chief Minister of Karnataka for the second time after the state assembly elections resulted in a hung assembly.
Throughout his political career, Kumaraswamy has been known for his focus on regional issues and his efforts to address the concerns of various communities in Karnataka. His leadership style is often characterized by his hands-on approach and his commitment to implementing policies that directly benefit the people. He has played a crucial role in strengthening the party's presence in Karnataka and has been instrumental in shaping its strategies and policies.
Under his leadership, the party has continued to be a key player in Karnataka's political landscape. In addition to his political career, Kumaraswamy has maintained his involvement in the film industry, producing several successful Kannada films. His multifaceted career reflects his diverse interests and his ability to balance multiple roles effectively. H. D. Kumaraswamy's journey in Indian politics is marked by his efforts to address regional issues, promote development, and improve the welfare of the people of Karnataka.

Latest Updates on H D Kumaraswamy

Former CMs Kumaraswamy and Bommai quit as MLAs after winning LS polls

With both these Assembly seats now falling vacant, the Election Commission will have to announce by-polls to these segments

Updated On : 15 Jun 2024 | 1:55 PM IST

PM Modi has given me opportunity to serve as Cabinet min, says Kumaraswamy

While maintaining that he has not placed a demand for any portfolio, the former Chief Minister reiterated his desire to be the Agriculture Minister

Updated On : 09 Jun 2024 | 1:59 PM IST

Ex-Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy likely to be minister in PM Modi's new Cabinet

While the portfolio allocation is yet to be confirmed, the JD(S), which has won two seats in the recent Lok Sabha elections, has expressed interest in the Agriculture Ministry

Updated On : 09 Jun 2024 | 1:04 PM IST

HD Kumaraswamy wins Mandya seat; nephew Prajwal Revanna trails in Hassan

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Janata Dal (Secular), a stronghold in Karnataka, has secured victory in two seats in Karnataka so far, as part of the NDA

Updated On : 04 Jun 2024 | 6:33 PM IST

'Sex scandal' row: SIT issues lookout notice against H D Revanna, Prajwal

Karnataka Home Minister said, Revanna, a former minister, who has been served a second notice (summons), has time till this evening to appear for questioning before the SIT probing the case

Updated On : 04 May 2024 | 5:43 PM IST

Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy claims Congress government may fall

Speaking to reporters in Hassan Kumaraswamy said, "All is not well in the Congress government. I don't know when this government will go. An influential minister is desperate to get out of it."

Updated On : 11 Dec 2023 | 10:21 AM IST

Posters calling Kumaraswamy 'electricity thief' appear near his house

Learning about the posters, police rushed to the spot and removed them

Updated On : 15 Nov 2023 | 12:39 PM IST

Will do it: Karnataka Dy CM Shivakumar on merging Kanakapura with Bengaluru

A contentious issue surrounding the jurisdiction of Kanakapura has come to the fore due to a heated verbal exchange between former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and DK Shivakumar

Updated On : 25 Oct 2023 | 2:57 PM IST

Gowda sacks Karnataka unit president Ibrahim, appoints Kumaraswamy

Kumaraswamy, a two-time Karnataka chief minister, is also the party's legislative unit president

Updated On : 19 Oct 2023 | 8:26 PM IST

Deve Gowda sacks K'taka unit Prez Ibrahim, appoints Kumaraswamy in place

Gowda also appointed his son and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy as the ad-hoc president of the party's state unit

Updated On : 19 Oct 2023 | 2:09 PM IST

Cauvery row: Former CM Kumaraswamy says Congress is 'B' team of DMK

"Arresting the protesters overnight is the height of mischief by the Congress government in Karnataka," he added

Updated On : 26 Sep 2023 | 2:08 PM IST

Kumaraswamy leaves for Delhi for talks about alliance with BJP leadership

The former Chief Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and JD(S) patriarch and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda also may hold talks on this, if required

Updated On : 21 Sep 2023 | 11:57 AM IST

Karnataka elections: JD(S) heading for one of its worst performances

In Ramanagarm near Bengaluru, JD(S) candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy trailed by 13,000 votes to the Congress candidate, a seat his father, former CM HD Kumaraswamy, won by over 20,000 votes in 2018

Updated On : 13 May 2023 | 12:45 PM IST

No one contacted me till now: Kumaraswamy ahead of Karnataka poll results

With hours to go for the final results of the Karnataka Assembly polls to be declared, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday said

Updated On : 13 May 2023 | 9:27 AM IST

K'taka polls: Congress used Muslims only as vote bank, alleges Kumaraswamy

Kumaraswamy said the two national parties are taking undue advantage of the youth for their political advantage

Updated On : 08 May 2023 | 12:48 PM IST

Who will form the govt in Karnataka from among four chief contenders?

They are the contenders, the leaders of parties that will finally form a government in Karnataka. ADITI PHADNIS profiles the challengers

Updated On : 02 Apr 2023 | 9:54 PM IST

BJP won't win even if Modi, Shah come to K'taka 100s of times: Kumaraswamy

Out of 45 assembly constituencies where Pancharatna Yatra was taken up in the state, the JD-S will win in 40 seats

Updated On : 15 Jan 2023 | 8:03 AM IST

JD(S) to grow beyond old Mysuru, get majority in K'taka polls: Kumaraswamy

He said his party has already announced a list of 93 candidates for the assembly polls, which is likely by May, and will announce the second list of 50-60 candidates in about 10 days

Updated On : 14 Jan 2023 | 6:42 PM IST

2023 Assembly election is like trial by fire for JD(S), says Kumaraswamy

The party had earlier formed governments in coalition with both BJP and Congress respectively for 20 months from January 2006 and for 14 months from May 2018, with Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister

Updated On : 12 Sep 2022 | 5:54 PM IST

BJP & Congress want to 'finish off' JD(S), alleges H D Kumaraswamy

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday alleged that both the BJP and Congress are luring his party leaders from old Mysuru region, where his party JD(S) has a strong presence

Updated On : 10 May 2022 | 4:32 PM IST