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Raghunath Vishwanath Deshpande (born 16 March 1947) is an Indian politician who was the Minister of Revenue of Karnataka. Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Haliyal constituency and He was the Minister for Medium & Heavy Industries in the cabinets headed by Siddaramaiah as well as S. M. Krishna.[1][2]

Raghunath Vishwanath Deshpande
Minister of Revenue
Government of Karnataka
In office
8 June 2018 – 23 July 2019
Chief MinisterH. D. Kumaraswamy
Preceded byKagodu Thimmappa
Minister for Medium and Heavy Industries
In office
18 May 2013 – 23 May 2018
Succeeded byK. J. George
Member of 15th Karnataka Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
19 May 2018
Personal details
Born (1947-03-16) 16 March 1947 (age 72)
Political partyIndian National Congress

Political careerEdit

Raghunath holds B.A and L.L.B degrees.[3] He began his political career as the President of the Karnataka State Co-operative Agriculture & Rural Development Bank.

An eight-term MLA,[4] Deshpande started his political career in the Janata Parivar before joining the Indian National Congress in 1999.[5] He served as Industries minister for 13 years between 1994 and 2004 and 2015 to 2018.[6][7]


During his tenure as a Minister for Medium and Heavy Industries, he is known for industrial development of Karnataka. And during his stint in Higher Education and Tourism ministry, Deshpande had taken several initiatives for the development of education and tourism in Karnataka. A new draft called the Tourism Trade Facilitation Act was prepared to ensure the safety of tourists coming to the state.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Karnataka Assembly elections: Many Congress ministers trail in Karnataka; Vinay Kulkarni loses | Bengaluru News - Times of India". Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ Celebrity Photo Gallery, Celebrity Wallpapers, Celebrity Videos, Bio, News, Songs, Movies. Retrieved on 2015-12-20.
  3. ^ "Shri R. V. Deshpande | Ministry of External Affairs | Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 | Redefining Engagement with Overseas Indians | Government of India". Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Karnataka Election Results 2018: Congress' RV Deshpande recommended to be pro tem Speaker, says report". Firstpost. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
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  6. ^ R.V. Deshpande Is The New Higher Education Minister. AMUCT. Retrieved on 2015-12-20.
  7. ^ "Shri R. V. Deshpande". Pravasi Bharat Divas. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ Mohandas Pai to head Vision Group, boost tourism in state: Minister Deshpande | Deccan Chronicle. (2013-09-04). Retrieved on 2015-12-20.
  9. ^ Why did Hegde go to Delhi, asks Patel

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