Pramod Madhwaraj is an Indian politician and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party from the state of Karnataka. In June 2016 Madhwaraj was inducted into the Siddaramaiah led government of Karnataka as a cabinet minister with Independent Charge. Madhwaraj holds the Youth Empowerment and Sports Department, Fisheries Department portfolio in the Government of Karnataka. He is the 10th richest minister in Karnataka to be sworn into the Karnataka Cabinet.[3][4][5][6] Madhwaraj was born in Koli caste of Karnataka state of India.[7]

Pramod Madhwaraj
Minister of State for Fisheries, Youth Empowerment and Sports of Karnataka
In office
2016 – May 2018
Member of the Legislative Assembly, Karnataka
In office
Personal details
Born (1968-10-17) 17 October 1968 (age 55)
Udupi, Karnataka State, India
Political partyBJP
Other political
Indian National Congress (resigned on 07-May-2022)
Parent(s)Malpe Madwaraj
Manorama Madhwaraj
OccupationPolitician, Businessman

Family edit

Pramod Madhwaraj is married to Supriya Madhwaraj[8] and they have a daughter Prathyaksha Raj.[9] He is the son of former Congress Minister Manorama Madhwaraj.[10] and Mathsayaraja Late Shri Malpe Madhwaraj.

Political life edit

Pramod Madhwaraj is from the Indian National Congress. He had represented Udupi Assembly Constituency of Udupi district, Karnataka from 2013 to 2018. Pramod Madhwaraj unsuccessfully fought the 2008 Karnataka Legislative Assembly election on an Indian National Congress ticket losing to K. Raghupati Bhat of the Bharatiya Janata Party by about 2500 votes. However, in the following 2013 Karnataka Legislative Assembly election Madhwaraj won the seat defeating B. Sudhakar Shetty of the Bharatiya Janata Party by over 39000 votes.[11] In the 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly election, Madhwaraj lost to K. Raghupati Bhat of the Bharatiya Janata Party by about 2000 votes and a margin of 5%.[12] Madhwaraj was educated in Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College and National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. He completed his primary education at St. Cecily's Convent, Udupi and Christian High School Udupi. Pramod Madhwaraj is the managing Trustee of M Madhwaraj Charitable Trust which is named after his late father M. Madhwaraj. The trust is very popular among the poor and helps a lot of poor people to make their ends meet.[13] He joined the JD(S) ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections but campaigned for Congress president Rahul Gandhi as his party was in alliance with the Congress. He contested unsuccessfully from the Udupi-Chikmangalur Lok Sabha Constituency against Shobha Karandlaje of the BJP and lost by a margin of 28% or over 350000 votes.

Departure from the Congress edit

On 7 May 2022, Pramod Madhwaraj resigned from the Congress party, expressing "political suffocation" in the Udupi district Congress.[14] 2 days later, he joined the rival BJP.[15]

Ministry edit

Besides holding the Youth Services Department, Fisheries from Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department portfolio Madhwaraj also serves as the District In-Charge Minister for Udupi district.[16] As the Fisheries minister Madhwaraj has tried to regulate fishing in coastal areas due to the depletion of aquatic animals on account of over fishing.[17]

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References edit

  1. ^ "Pramod Madhwaraj secures highest no. Of votes in Udupi | Mangaluru News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  2. ^ "Udupi Election Result 2018 Live: Udupi Assembly Elections Results (Vidhan Sabha Polls Result)".
  3. ^ "4 of country's richest ministers are from Karnataka". The Times of India. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  4. ^ "minister with Independent Charge".
  5. ^ "Pramod is the 10th richest state minister in India".
  6. ^ "Madhwaraj praises Christian missionaries' role in education". The Hindu. 17 July 2016.
  7. ^ Naheed Ataulla (25 June 2017). "Koli community hopeful of getting ST tag in Karnataka | Bengaluru News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  8. ^ "Profile – Pramod Madhwaraj".
  9. ^ "Madhwaraj's daughter campaigns for him". The Hindu. 13 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Madhwaraj's BJP entry adds to ticket apprehensions in Udupi". 9 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Sitting and previous MLAs from Udupi Assembly Constituency".
  12. ^ "Udupi Elections 2018 Updates". 15 May 2018.
  13. ^ "M Madhwaraj Charitable Trust".
  14. ^ "Former Karnataka Minister Pramod Madhwaraj quits Congress". The Hindu. 7 May 2022.
  15. ^ "Madhwaraj's BJP entry adds to ticket apprehensions in Udupi". 9 May 2022.
  16. ^ "'Madhwaraj will do justice to any Ministry given to him'". The Hindu. 19 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Marine fishing needs to be regulated: Madhwaraj". The Hindu. 16 November 2016.