K. Sudhakar (politician)

Keshava Sudhakar is an Indian politician serving as the Minister of Medical Education and Health of Karnataka from 6 February 2020. He was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Chikkaballapur in the 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly election as a member of the Indian National Congress and later was re-elected to the house in 2019 as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[1][2][3][4]

K. Sudhakar
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Cabinet Minister
Government of Karnataka
Assumed office
6 February 2020
Minister of Health & Family Welfare12 October 2020 - Incumbent
Minister of Medical Education6 February 2020 - Incumbent
Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Preceded byK. P. Bache Gowda
Minister in-charge of Chikkaballapur District
Assumed office
April 2020
Personal details
Born (1973-06-27) 27 June 1973 (age 49)
Chikkaballapur, Karnataka, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata party
Other political
Indian National Congress
(till 2019)
ResidenceSadashivanagar, Bangalore
EducationM.B.B.S at Sri Siddhartha Medical College

He was the youngest cabinet minister in the Fourth B. S. Yeddyurappa ministry being only 46 years old at the time of taking charge, serving as the Minister of Medical education from Health and Family Welfare Department. He was again sworn-in as a minister in the Basavaraj Bommai ministry.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Karnataka he was part of the COVID-19 Response team for Karnataka along with Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa and Minister of Health and Family Welfare B. Sriramulu and few others. He was key participant of key policy making and rapid response to the pandemic.[5]


Operation KamalaEdit

Operation Kamala, Operation Lotus or sometimes Operation Black Lotus is a term coined in 2008, when India's former minister G. Janardhana Reddy in the State of Karnataka, used all possible tricks (persuade, bribe, punishment, divide) to secure support from legislators bypassing the anti-defection law, so as to take the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) past the majority number.[6][7][8][9][10] Operation Lotus refers to "poaching" or "bribing" of MLAs and MPs of other parties by the BJP, often to from government in states where they do not have the majority.[11]

He was one of the 15 MLAs who fell in Operation Kamala and resigned in July 2019, effectively bringing down the H. D. Kumaraswamy-led coalition government of Indian National Congress and Janata Dal (Secular).[12]


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  12. ^ "The 15 MLAs who brought down Kumaraswamy government". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 28 July 2019.