Ananth Kumar: News

Born on July 22, 1959, Hegannahalli Narayana Shastry Ananth Kumar, was a senior BJP politician, and a Union Cabinet Minister in the first term of Narendra Modi government until his death. He was a six-time MP from the Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency and first became a member of Lok Sabha in 1996. His mother was associated with Bharatiya Jana Sangh and served as the Deputy Mayor of Hubli Dharwad Municipal Corporation between 1985 and 1986. A lawyer by profession, Kumar joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1973. During the 1984 emergency, Kumar was imprisoned for 40 days in Hubli jail. He joined BJP in 1987 and was associated with BJP outfit Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). A stalwart politician, Kumar was inducted as a minister during the second Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, and during the National Democratic Alliance government in 1999. In 2003 he was made the State President for Karnataka BJP and was instrumental in BJP’s victory in the 2004 Karnataka assembly elections. In 2004, he was inducted as the National General Secretary of the BJP. Kumar passed away on November 12, 2018, due to pancreatic cancer.

01 Apr 2019


No "defamatory" articles: Tejasvi Surya gets order to gag media

Tejasvi Surya, BJP's candidate from Bangalore South, managed to get a court order on Friday which bars 49 media houses from publishing "defamatory" articles about him.

22 Mar 2019


BS Yeddyurappa bribed top BJP leaders, Lokpal should investigate: Congress

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused top leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party of taking a bribe to the tune of Rs. 1,800 crore from former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.

08 Dec 2018

Triple Talaq

#WinterSession: Triple Talaq on NDA's agenda; Rafale, CBI on opposition's

In the last winter session of the Parliament, before the country goes to polls in 2019, the NDA government is hoping to push the Triple Talaq Bill.

12 Nov 2018


Ananth Kumar's last rites to be performed tomorrow: BJP

The last rites of Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, who passed away in Bengaluru today, would be performed tomorrow afternoon, Karnataka BJP said.

12 Nov 2018


Family, friends, BJP leaders pay last respects to Ananth Kumar

A pall of gloom descended on Union Minister Ananth Kumar's residence in Bengaluru today as mourners turned up in large numbers to pay their respects.

12 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister likely to hold condolence meeting for Ananth Kumar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to chair a special meeting of the Union Cabinet today to condole the demise of senior minister Ananth Kumar, official sources said.

12 Nov 2018


Union Minister Ananth Kumar dies at 59, condolences follow

In a tragic incident, senior BJP leader and cabinet minister HN Ananth Kumar died on Monday at 2 in the morning.

08 Sep 2018


Government ends rumors: Bengaluru remains host for Aero India

Putting a stop to all speculations and suspense, the Union Government announced today that Aero India, Asia's largest military aviation exhibition, will be held in Bengaluru this time as well.

19 Jul 2018

Narendra Modi

'Sonia Gandhi's math is weak': Ananth Kumar on trust vote

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar hit back at former Congress president Sonia Gandhi today over her apparent confidence of winning the no-trust vote against the government.

04 May 2018

Red Fort

Get over it, 'Adopt a heritage' scheme actually makes sense

Government's 'Adopt a Heritage' (AaH) project stirred the Internet after Dalmia group signed an MoU to adopt the Red Fort.

07 Apr 2018

Lok Sabha

Budget-session: LS worked for 1% of allotted time, RS 6%

The Budget session which concluded on Friday was, as per PRS legislative research, least productive since 2000. Lok Sabha spent just 1% of its allotted time on legislative business, while Rajya Sabha spent 6%.

06 Apr 2018

Shiv Sena

NDA decision to forgo salaries: Sena rejects, RSLP feigns ignorance

BJP's ally conundrum continues. In the latest incident, an indignant Shiv Sena rejected BJP's announcement about NDA parliamentarians giving up their salaries for the Budget session's second half.

05 Apr 2018

Subramanian Swamy

Subramanian Swamy won't forgo his salary unlike colleagues

Yesterday, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar announced that NDA MPs would forfeit their salaries for the disrupted period of the Budget session. No work had been done, so MPs won't take salary, he said.

05 Apr 2018

Lok Sabha

NDA MPs to give up salaries for 'wasted parliament session'

The NDA has decided that no party MP will take salary for the 23 days wasted in parliament this time.

03 Apr 2018

Venkaiah Naidu

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley appointed as Leader of Rajya Sabha

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was today once again appointed as the Leader of the Rajya Sabha following his re-election to the House.

15 Mar 2018

Lok Sabha

Budget session: Amid paper-tearing and protests, bills passed without discussion

With protests rocking the Parliament's budget session, productivity has hit an all-time low.

06 Mar 2018

Narendra Modi

BJP win in Tripura, an ideological victory: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday dubbed the BJP's win over the Left in Tripura a "victory of ideology" and said the party needs to work hard to maintain its winning electoral streak, according to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

04 Mar 2018


Bengaluru: 'Save Bengaluru'- BJP's new campaign for May polls

With the Karnataka election slated for May, BJP launched 'Save Bengaluru' campaign on Holi, putting Congress on defense.

05 Jan 2018


Union budget to be presented on February 1

Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar announced that the Parliament's budget session is set to begin on January 29. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has recommended that the budget be presented on February 1.

09 Oct 2017


Forensics: Yeddyurappa's voice confirmed in "pay-off" clip

In fresh trouble for BJP in Karnataka, the Anti Corruption Bureau has registered an FIR against BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar. The Forensics Science lab (FSL) confirmed their voices in a leaked DVD where they are discussing payments made by local leaders to the party's high command.

20 Jul 2017


Indian government 'pro-actively' considering two separate time zones

The government is "pro-actively" considering having two time zones, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

13 Apr 2017


Budget session concludes: Bills passed, disruptions and more

Parliament on Wednesday concluded its budget session, which passed landmark legislations including the four Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and the Mental Healthcare bill.