What has Dinesh Gundu Rao been up to in five years?

PROFILE OF DINESH GUNDU RAO, GANDHINAGARA MLA AND CANIDDATE FOR 2018 ELECTIONS

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Dinesh Gundu Rao, a second generation politician is a four-time MLA from Gandhinagar. He is an engineer by qualification but identifies himself as social worker and politician. His father R Gundu Rao was the Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1980 to 1983. Dinesh started his political career with the Youth Congress and steadily rose through the ranks. He is currently the Working President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

He held an independent charge for Consumer Affairs and also was Minister for Food and Civil Supplies in Siddaramaiah Cabinet. His urban and cosmopolitan image combined with his oratory skills has made him a regular on TV channel panels and urban outreach programs. He has been the entrusted with fire fighting by the Congress High Command.

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Dinesh Gundu Rao was a member of Committee on Sub-Ordinate Legislation.

  • Attendance % in Assembly: 38 
  • Starred Questions: NA
  • Unstarred Questions: NA

Dinesh Gundu Rao in the news

May 18, 2013: When Siddaramaiah selected ministers for his 28 member cabinet, Dinesh Gundu Rao was chosen with Lok Sabha elections at the back of his mind.

July 9, 2013: Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies told mediapersons that the state had enough rice to implement the Anna Bhagya Yojane scheme. Offering rice at Rs 1 per kg for citizens below poverty line,the flagship project could be beneficial, he said. This was possible through the  2.8 lakh metric tonnes of rice purchased from Chandigarh, he said.

December 16, 2013: He responded to the protest by Karnataka State Rice Millers Owners Association for procuring 5 lakh tonnes of levy rice from them. Rao, in defence, said that the initial plan to procure 13.5 lakh tonnes of rice had been reduced and that this is now a legal requirement under the Anna Bhagya Flagship scheme.

April 22, 2014: National Committee of Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) has gathered evidence of land encroachment by minister Dinesh Gundu Rao and family worth Rs 550 crore.  

November 15, 2014:He was not going to resign since officials had finished their survey and took back the excess land years ago. This accusation was already once given the clean chit in the BJP government in 2008-2009.

November 16, 2014: Minister of Food Supplies said the accusation was an attempt to malign him by the opposition. He claimed to possess the revenue department document from 1983. This 56 acres of land in Yelahanka was purchased by his father, former Chief Minister of Karnataka according to survey numbers 3 and 13.

Dec 26, 2014: After the PIL was filed asking for more transparency in the selection of members of consumer forums, Dinesh Gundu Rao said that he was looking into recruiting a separate director for consumer affairs.

February 28, 2015: MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao said that the monthly budget on food grains had decreased for the poor ever since Anna Bhagya Scheme came into place in 2013.

November 26, 2015: Dinesh Gundu Rao argued that Social Welfare Minister Anjaneya did not need to resign while the CID inquiry on corruption allegations against his family members was on.

December 12, 2017:  At the release of the first citizen manifesto by Citizens for Bangalore  (CfB),Rao acknowledged that important issues were highlighted, and that the pre-poll manifesto is taken seriously, which will be decided in a committee headed by Veerappa Moily.

March 25, 2015: The 46 year old minister has been appointed as the Congress Party Spokesperson. He was earlier the Youth Congress President of the state.

July 20, 2016: Adding to his duties, the Minister of Food Supplies and Congress Spokesperson, has now been given the additional charge of President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

August 11, 2016: He wrote to the CM asking to look into organisations spreading fear in the state seeking to ban them. Most importantly, the Bajrang Dal for inflicting violence on dalits in Chikmaglur. He clarified he was not targeting them for having a Hindutva ideology.

August 23, 2016: Rao condemned ABVP for protesting at a press conference for Kashmiri Pandits hosted by Amnesty International. He asked them to produce proof of the sedition charges they made against the NGO.

March 4, 2017: Congress Committee President, Dinesh Gundu Rao, denied applying a soft hindutva approach  and said that the cow slaughter law is age-old, and does not support cow vigilantism. This was in response to a petition seeking to challenge the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964.

August 2, 2017: He called the raid on Gujarat Congress workers at a Bengaluru resort an assault on democracy. The IT department and Enforcement Directorate, who conducted the raids, were being used as pawns at the mercy of Modi and Shah, he said.

January 12, 2018: KPCC working president was among a few politicians who complained to the Centre about his phone being tapped.  

February 1, 2018: Dinesh Gundu Rao defended his party by saying that Siddaramaiah does not have any allegations of corruption against him unlike the many tainted politicians from BJP.

February 25, 2018: Youth Congress leaders such as Priyank Kharge, Dinesh Gundu Rao and Krishna Byre Gowda have launched an initiative to target youth-voters, titled Nanna Karnataka.   

March 5, 2018: KPCC President Dinesh Gundu is eyeing the Cauvery-old Mysuru region to win votes for his party. In an interview with  The News Minute,he said the Congress’ main competition here was JD(S) as the BJP was out of the picture.

September 5, 2013: ಆಹಾರ ಮತ್ತು ನಾಗರಿಕ ಸರಬರಾಜು ಸಚಿವ ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಕಾರ್ಪೊರೇಟರ್ ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ ನಡುವೆ ಜಟಾಪಟಿ ನಡೆದಿದೆ. ಸಚಿವರ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಜಾತಿ ನಿಂದನೆ ಆರೋಪ ಹೊರಿಸಿ ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಠಾಣೆಗೆ ದೂರು ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

December 28, 2017: ಮುಂಬರುವ ಚುನಾವಣೆ, ಸಿದ್ದರಾಮಯ್ಯನವರ ಸರಕಾರದ ಸಾಧನೆ, ಮಹದಾಯಿ ಮುಂತಾದ ವಿಚಾರವನ್ನು ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು, ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ ಜೊತೆ ‘ಒನ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ’ ನಡೆಸಿದ ಸಂದರ್ಶನದ ಪ್ರಮುಖಾಂಶ.

December 28, 2017: ಸಿದ್ದರಾಮಯ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಮೇಶ್ವರ್ ನೇತೃತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಎರಡು ಯಾತ್ರೆ, ಕರಾವಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿನ ಅಶಾಂತಿ, ಜ್ಯೋತಿಷ್ಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್, ‘ಒನ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ’ ಜೊತೆಗಿನ ಸಂದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮನಬಿಚ್ಚಿ ಮಾತನ್ನಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅವರ ಸಂದರ್ಶನದ ಮುಂದುವರಿದ ಭಾಗ.

November 3, 2017: ಹೌದು ಹಿಂದೂ ಭಯೋತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಇದೆ ಎಂದು ಕೆಪಿಸಿಸಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಮೂಲಕ ನಟ ಕಮಲ್ ಹಸನ್ ಹೇಳಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

June 14, 2016:ನಕಲಿ ರೇಶನ್ ಕಾರ್ಡ್ ಮಾಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಸರ್ಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ, ಸಮಾಜಕ್ಕೆ ಮೋಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವವರ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನೀಡಿದರೆ 400 ರು. ಬಹುಮಾನ ಪಡೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು. ಅನರ್ಹ ಪಡಿತರ ಚೀಟಿಗಳನ್ನು ಕಂಡುಹಿಡಿಯಲು ಕಟ್ಟುನಿಟ್ಟಿನ ಕ್ರಮ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡರೂ ಅಕ್ರಮಗಳು ನುಸುಳುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ಬಹುಮಾನ ನೀಡುವ ಯೋಜನೆಯನ್ನು ಜಾರಿ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಆಹಾರ ಮತ್ತು ನಾಗರಿಕ ಸರಬರಾಜು ಸಚಿವ ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

June 15, 2016: ಎಪಿಎಲ್ ಕಾರ್ಡ್ ಪಡೆಯುವುದನ್ನು ಸರಳಗೊಳಿಲು ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮುಂದಾಗಿದೆ. ಆನ್‌ಲೈನ್ ಮೂಲಕ ವಿವರಗಳನ್ನು ಭರ್ತಿ ಮಾಡಿ ಪಡಿತರ ಚೀಟಿ ಪಡೆಯುವ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಶೀಘ್ರವೇ ಜಾರಿಗೆ ಬರಲಿದೆ. ಆಹಾರ ಮತ್ತು ನಾಗರಿಕ ಸರಬರಾಜು ಖಾತೆ ಸಚಿವ ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ ಅವರು ಈ ಕುರಿತು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ‘ಆನ್‌ಲೈನ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಅರ್ಜಿ ಭರ್ತಿ ಮಾಡುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಜನರು ತಮ್ಮ ಎಪಿಎಲ್‌ ಕಾರ್ಡ್‌ಗಳನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ’ ಎಂದರು.

September 22 2015: ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಕಲಿ ಪಡಿತರ ಚೀಟಿಗಳು ಚಲಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿರುವುದನ್ನು ಒಪ್ಪಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಆಹಾರ ಮತ್ತು ನಾಗರಿಕ ಪೂರೈಕೆ ಸಚಿವ ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ ಅವರು ಈ ಮಾಫಿಯಾವನ್ನು ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣಕ್ಕೆ ತರುವುದು ಅಷ್ಟು ಸುಲಭದ ಕೆಲಸವಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ತಮ್ಮ ಅಸಹಾಯಕತೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

Dec 27, 2017: ಈ ಬಾರಿಯ ಚುನಾವಣೆಗೆ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್‌ ಹೇಗೆ ಸಿದ್ಧವಾಗಿದೆ, ಬಿಜೆಪಿಯ ತಂತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಬಳಿ ಇರುವ ಅಸ್ತ್ರಗಳೇನು? ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಹೇಗೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದೆ ಎಂಬೆಲ್ಲ ಅಂಶಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೆಪಿಸಿಸಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ ದಿ ಸ್ಟೇಟ್ ನ ‘ಮನದ ಮಾತು’ ಸಂದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ

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