K. R. Ramesh Kumar
K. R. Ramesh Kumar
Ramesh Kumar in 2018
|Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly|
25 May 2018 – 29 July 2019
|Preceded by||K. B. Koliwad, INC|
|Succeeded by||Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, BJP|
27 December 1994 – 24 October 1999
|Preceded by||V. S. Koujalagi|
|Succeeded by||M. V. Venkatappa|
|Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka|
13 September 2016 – 23 May 2018
|Preceded by||U. T. Khader|
|Succeeded by||Shivanand Patil, INC|
|Born||22 November 1949|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Education||Bachelor of science|
Ramesh Kumar is a six-term member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Srinivaspur assembly constituency in Kolar district. In June 2016, Ramesh Kumar was inducted into the Siddaramaiah led government of Karnataka as a cabinet minister. Ramesh Kumar held the Health and Family Welfare Ministry portfolio in the Government of Karnataka. He was elected unopposed as the speaker of 15th Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 2018 after JD(S) and Congress unity.
Ramesh Kumar[swamy] is from the INC and represents Srinivaspur constituency of Kolar district, Karnataka. Ramesh Kumar started his political career in the seventies with the INC. He later joined the JP in the mid-1980s, and joined the Janata Dal in the 1990s. In the early 2000s he came back into the INC.
- Ramesh Kumar won his first Karnataka Legislative Assembly election in 1978 by beating R.G. Narayanareddy by over 18,000 votes. Ramesh Kumar fought on an INC ticket.
- In the following Karnataka Legislative Assembly election of 1983 he lost the election to G.K. Venkatashiva Reddy by a narrow margin of only about 700 votes.
- In the 1985 election Ramesh Kumar stood on a JP ticket and won the seat by about 7,000 votes beating G.K. Venkata Shiva Reddy of the INC.
- In the 1989 election Ramesh Kumar lost the seat to G. K. Venkata Shiva Reddy of the INC by about 8,000 votes.
- In the following 1994 election Ramesh Kumar stood on a JD ticket and won the seat by about 4,000 votes defeating G. K. Venkata Shiva Reddy of the INC.
- In the 1999 election Ramesh Kumar stood as an independent candidate and lost the assembly seat to G. K. Venkata Shiva Reddy of the INC by about 1,000 votes.
- In the 2004 election Ramesh Kumar joined the INC and fought on their ticket winning by over 8,000 votes against G. K. Venkata Shiva Reddy who had by then joined the BJP.
- The 2008 election Ramesh Kumar fought on an INC ticket and lost his assembly seat by about 3,500 votes to G. K. Venkata Shiva Reddy who was on a JD(S) ticket.
- Ramesh Kumar is a sitting member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly as he won the 2013 assembly election on an INC ticket beating G. K. Venkata Shiva Reddy of the JD(S) by 3,000 votes.
- In 2018 assembly election he again won successively on an INC beating G. K. Venkata Shiva Reddy of JD(S) by 10,373 votes. This was the ninth successive time that Ramesh Kumar and Venkatashiva Reddy had contested this seat against each other.
Membership of LegislatureEdit
|1.||1978||Srinivaspur||1978-1983||Indian National Congress|
|4.||2004||Srinivaspur||2004-2008||Indian National Congress|
|5.||2013||Srinivaspur||2013-2018||Indian National Congress|
|6.||2018||Srinivaspur||Incumbent||Indian National Congress|
Positions held in Government of KarnatakaEdit
|1.||Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.||1994-1999|
|2.||Minister of Health and Family Welfare.||2016-2018|
|3.||Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.||2018-2019|
Besides holding the Health and Family Welfare Ministry portfolio Ramesh Kumar in his forty-year political career has held many posts in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and the Government of Karnataka. Ramesh Kumar was the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from 27.12.1994 to 24.10.1999.
- "Health and Family Welfare Department". kla.kar.nic.in.
- Prabhu, Nagesh (22 June 2016). "Kagodu gets Revenue, Ramesh Kumar given Health". The Hindu. thehindu.com.
- "Sitting and previous MLAs from Srinivaspur Assembly Constituency". elections.in.
- "Kumaraswamy criticises former Speaker Ramesh Kumar". The Hindu. thehindu.com. 20 April 2013.
- "Karnataka cabinet reshuffle: Know your new ministers". The Times of India. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- "Ramesh Kumar may contest from Bangalore South". The Hindu. thehindu.com. 3 March 2009.