Ananth Kumar Hegde, the newly inducted Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship by PM Narendra Modi was a surprise choice from Karnataka.
Here are five facts about the politician who rose to the position of Union Minister surpassing the likes of Yeddyurappa, Shobha Karandlaje, Nalin Kumar Kateel and Suresh Angadi whose names were making the rounds.
1) RSS man and ABVP activist
Ananth Kumar Hegde, a native of Sirsi is a staunch RSS believer and has worked for the ABVP activism. So much so he even told that he did not dream of being in politics, but contested the polls and joined the BJP actively on the direction of RSS leaders.
2) An agriculturist
He was born on 20 May in 1968 at Sirsi in Uttara Kannada. He was a full-time agriculturist and then took on to politics. Thus, he has the support of people as he was worked with them and among them. It is said that people spend money from their own pockets to arrange for rallies led by Ananth Kumar Hegde on goodwill. He runs an NGO that works for rural development.
3) Taekwondo champion
Ananth Kumar Hegde is a Taekwondo Champion (Korean martial art form). Recently, in January she was in the news for beating up the doctor of the TSS hospital in Sirsi where is a mother was being treated for multiple fractures. He objected that the doctor was not giving his mother enough attention. It is said that his training of Tae Kwon Do was seen while he beat up the doctor. A case in this regard was also filed against Ananth Kumar Hegde. However, later, he came out clean!
4) Gained momentum after Babri Masjid demolition/cases filed
Ananth Kumar Hegde became a noticeable leader in the Sirsi region after the fights erupted as a result of Babri Masjid demolition. Thus the first case on his was booked in 1993 for rioting, unlawful assembly and promoting enmity when he was allegedly part of a rioting mob in Bhatkal.
But the RSS leaders took notice of Hegde when in 1994 he dodged the prohibitory orders in Hubballi, in North Karnataka and raised the National flag at the disputed Idgah Maidan on Independence Day.
5) Hate speech
A case was booked against Ananth Kumar Hegde for his hate speech where he termed Muslims as enemies. He had said that "As long as there is Islam, there will be no peace in the world.” But he has come out clean from all the cases.
6) Defeating Margaret Alva
Hegde was just 27 when he contested against Congress's veteran leader Margaret Alva. He had gained so much popularity due to his extreme nationalist attitude and activities. He defeated Margaret Alva and was elected to the Lok Sabha. He is the five time MP from Karnataka.