Doddalahalli Kempegowda Shivakumar, Indian politician, currently holds the position of Chairman of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). He previously served as Minister for Irrigation in HD Kumaraswamy’s cabinet and Minister for Power in the Government of Karnataka during Siddaramaiah’s tenure. Additionally, he represents Kanakapura constituency as an MLA.
The secure future of Karnataka and the welfare of its people is our top priority and we are united in ensuring it. pic.twitter.com/sNROprdn5H
– DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar)
May 18, 2023
Early life and education
Born on May 15, 1962, in Kanakapura, Karnataka, India, DK Shivakumar is a prominent figure belonging to the Vokkaliga community, an influential political and social group in Karnataka. He has a younger brother named DK Suresh, who is also actively involved in politics.
Shivakumar began his political journey in the early 1980s, initially as a student leader. In 1984, he became the president of the student group Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). His political rise continued when he won his first election in 1989, representing the Sathanur constituency in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. This famous politician has been successfully re-elected to Congress eight times, reflecting his enduring popularity with voters.
Throughout his career, Shivakumar has held several ministerial roles in the Karnataka government. From 1999 to 2004, he served as Home Minister in the SM Krishna government. In the Siddaramaiah government, from 2013 to 2018, he held the posts of Minister of Energy and Minister of Large and Medium Industries.
A senior leader and active member of the Congress Party, Shivakumar was recognized for his charismatic demeanor and ability to build rapport with the masses. He is known for his flamboyant style and steadfast commitment to protecting the rights of the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of society.
Shivakumar is married to Usha and they have two daughters and a son. His eldest daughter, Aishwarya, is married to Amartya Hegde, son of Café Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha.
Shivakumar’s political journey has been marred by many controversies. A key incident occurred in 2019, when he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for money laundering. After more than 50 days in jail, he was finally released on bail.
In addition to the money laundering case, Shivakumar also faces charges of corruption and nepotism. In 2017, he was accused of favoring his son-in-law Amartya Hegde in the allocation of government contracts, raising concerns about preferential treatment.
Despite these controversies, Shivakumar continues to be influential and maintain popularity in Karnataka politics. Initially, he was considered a prominent figure capable of taking on the role of Prime Minister in the future. However, in a recent update, Siddharamaiah will soon be announced as the CM of Karnataka and Shivakumar will be his deputy. Veteran political leader said one must “sacrifice for the good of the party”
— ANI (@ANI)
May 18, 2023