Stages of his political career


Opposition leader Mapanna Mallikarjun Kharge will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 21. MP Rajya Sabha Kharge held important positions in the Union government.

A former Union Railways Minister and Minister for Labor and Employment, Kharge has been in politics for almost five decades. The Indian National Congressman was formerly the Karnataka Congress President.

Born in Varawatti, Bidar district, Kharge holds a bachelor’s degree from the government-run Kalaburagi University and went on to earn a law degree from Seth Shankarlal Lahoti Law College in the city. He started his junior career in the office of Judge Shivaraj Patil.

On the occasion of Kharge’s birthday, here is a look back at his political involvement.

Mallikarjun Kharge Political Career Milestones

Loaded Between politics as a student union leader while studying at Kalaburagi Middle School when he was elected general secretary of the student body.

An influential leader of the Samyukta Majdoor Sangha union, Kharge joined the INC in 1969 and became chairman of the Kalaburagi town congress committee.

Mallikarjun Kharge first contested the Karnataka State Assembly elections in 1972 in Gurmitkal constituency and won. He chaired important committees such as the Octroi Abolition Committee during his first term.

Kharge was elected consecutively in 1972, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009.

It was during his tenure in 1976, when he was Minister of State for Primary Education, that 16,000 SC/ST teacher vacancies were filled. Schools run by SC/ST principals received grants under the grant code for the first time under his tenure.

Kharge disputed elections for the seventh time when he was first considered a favorite for the post of Chief Minister of Karnataka. He however became minister of Hime in SM Krishna cabinet. It was a particularly trying time for the state as the late actor Rajkumar had been kidnapped by Veerappan and Cauvery riots had broken out.

In 2009, he won for the tenth time in a row when he won the general election for the parliamentary constituency of Kalaburagi.

Kharge, however, lost in the 2019 general election and was later elected leader of the opposition.

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