Priyank Kharge Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 44 Years Wife: Shruthi Kharge Caste: Dalit

Birth name _____ [1]citation
Full name Priyank M Kharge [2]My Neta
Profession Politician
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 178 cm
in meters– 1.78 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 10 ”
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper
Political Party Indian National Congress (INC)
Political Journey • Joined INC in 1999
• Secretary Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress (2005-2007)
• General Secretary of Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress (2007–2011)
• Contested and lost the Chittapur Assembly Seat in the 2009 Karnataka bypolls
• Elected as Vice President of Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress (2011-2014)
• Elected as MLA from Chittapur in 2013
• Minister of State for Tourism, Information Technology & Bio Technology, Government Of Karnataka (July 2016 – April 2018)
• Elected as MLA from Chittapur in 2018
• Minister for Social Welfare, Government of Karnataka (8 June 2018 – 23 July 2019)
• Became Spokesperson of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC)
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Intel’s Technology Visionary Award (2018)

Personal Life
Date of Birth 22 November 1978 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2022) 44 Years
Birthplace Bengaluru, Karnataka
Zodiac sign Sagittarius
Nationality Indian
Hometown Gulbarga (now Kalaburagi), Karnataka
College/University MES College, Malleswaram, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Educational Qualification • PUC from MES College, Malleswaram, Bengaluru, Karnataka (1996-1998) [3]My Neta
• Diploma in Graphics (Graphic Design)
• Advanced Diploma in Animation (AnimationAnimation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects) [4]LinkedIn
Religion/Religious Views Buddhism [5]The Times of India

Note: Priyank Kharge also a staunch follower of B.R. Ambedkar

Caste Dalit [6]The Times of India
Address R/O Gundagurthi Village, Chitapur Taluk, Kalaburagi District-585317
Controversies Land Controversy
In 2011, Priyank Kharge made headlines when he announced his intention to surrender a 4,000-sq. ft plot in HSR Layout allotted to him by Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) when Congress leader N. Dharam Singh was the Chief Minister. At that time, the news of the allotment of G-category sites to politicians and their kin was surfacing in the media. Priyank had constructed a commercial building on the plot which was allotted to him at the throwaway price of Rs. 8.57 lakh. Priyank Kharge wrote to the BDA seeking cancellation of the allotment on 28 October 2011 stating that he “no longer needed” the plot. The BDA cancelled the allotment on 5 December 2011. However, when the issue stopped surfacing in the media, Kharge sought re-allotment of the site. On 9 December 2011, he wrote to the BDA, who approved the re-allotment of the site. On 23 January 2012, Kharge again approached the BDA as he sought to exchange his 4,000-sq. ft plot with a 2,400-sq. ft plot which had been allotted to his party colleague and Sedam MLA Sharan Prakash Rudrappa Patil under the G-category at HBR Layout. His request was sanctioned by BDA Commissioner Bharath Lal Meena. When the media asked why he wanted to exchange the plot with Patil, Kharge replied that “it was a mutual swap.” [7]The Hindu While addressing the media, he also said,
“When the controversy erupted, we wanted no part in it and returned the site. Then, our legal adviser told us that the matter of G-category allotments was before the court. We were advised that surrendering the plot at this stage was unnecessary.”

Lewd Remark on Women
In 2022, Priyank Kharge stirred controversy by making grave allegations against the BJP-ruled government. While addressing a press conference, Kharge said that men ”have to bribe to get a government job in Karnataka while ‘young women have to sleep with someone.” The remark drew sharp criticism from the BJP Karnataka, who responded to  Kharge’s comment by tweeting, [8]Hindustan Times
“Thousands of women, talented, educated, work hard, pass many exams and get jobs. Priyanka Kharge, due to these words of yours, aren’t so many women insulted? Apologize immediately.”

Relationships & More
Marital Status Married
Wife/Spouse Shruthi Kharge
Parents Father– Mallikarjun Kharge (politician)
Mother– Radhabai Kharge
Siblings He has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. His brother Rahul Kharge works as an advisor for IT companies. One of his sisters, Priyadarshini Kharge, is a doctor.
Money Factor
Assets/Properties Movable Assets
• Cash: Rs 3,00,000
• Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Companies: Rs 83,02,871
• Bonds, Debentures and Shares in companies: Rs 18,75,000
• NSS, Postal Savings etc: Rs 2,66,326
• Personal loans/advance given: Rs 26,50,000
• Motor Vehicles (details of make, etc.): Rs 29,52,090
• Jewellery: Rs 17,83,380
• Other assets, such as values of claims / interests: Rs 2,43,03,955

Immovable Assets
• Agricultural Land: Rs 2,03,36,250
• Non Agricultural Land: Rs 1,96,14,906
• Commercial Buildings: Rs 3,89,19,526
• Residential Buildings: Rs 1,24,46,773

Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2018. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor).

Net Worth (as of 2018) Rs 12,67,86,588 [9]My Neta

Note: It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors).

Some Lesser Known Facts About Priyank Kharge

  • Priyank Kharge is an Indian politician and member of the Indian National Congress (INC). He was twice elected as the MLA from the Chittapur Assembly constituency, in 2013 and 2018. He is the son of Mallikarjun Kharge.
  • Priyank Kharge entered politics in 1998 as an activist of the National Student Union of India (NSUI). He was appointed as NSUI College General Secretary in 1991. From 2005 to 2007, he served as NSUI General Secretary of the Karnataka unit.
  • He has served as the Vice President of the Karnataka unit of the Youth Congress for one term. Later, he unsuccessfully contested for the post of president of the State unit of the Youth Congress against Rizwan Arshad.
  • In 2016, he became the youngest minister to be sworn into Siddaramaiah’s cabinet.
  • In 2011, Priyank Kharge’s sister Priyadarshini came into the spotlight for availing a site in the judicial layout. She was not eligible to purchase this land as she is a doctor by profession and the land was reserved for judicial employees. Apparently, she purchased site number 1,448 in Yelahanka (Allalasandra), a suburb of Bangalore on 15 January 2002 for Rs 1,96,837 (while the market value ran in crores). By availing the land, measuring 3,280 sq ft, she would have violated Clause-10 of the Model Bye-laws of HBCSs which deals with the rights of members. Clause-10(B) says: “He/she in the case of Employee House Building Society is an employee of the organisation for which the society has been organised and has put in a minimum continuous or intermittent service of five years in Karnataka.” However, in light of the allegations, she returned the land in question to the Karnataka State Judicial Department Employees House Building Co-operative Society (KSJDEHBCS) in 2011. [10]Moneycontrol
  • Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University, Bengaluru, which was established in 2017,  is Kharge’s brainchild.
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