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D. K. Aruna
Smt. D. K. Aruna during public speech
National Vice-President of the
Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
26 September 2020
PresidentJ. P. Nadda
Member of Telangana Legislative Assembly
In office
2 June 2014 – 11 December 2018
Preceded byTelangana Assembly Created
Succeeded byBandla Krishna Mohan Reddy
Minister of Information & Public Relations, Cinematography, A.P. Film, TV & Theatre Development Corporation
Government of Andhra Pradesh
In office
25 November 2010 – 21 February 2014
GovernorE. S. L. Narasimhan
Chief MinisterKiran Kumar Reddy
Preceded byJ. Geeta Reddy
Succeeded byPresident's Rule
Minister of Small Scale industries, Sugar,
Khadi and Village Industries

Government of Andhra Pradesh
In office
25 May 2009 – 24 November 2010
GovernorN. D. Tiwari
E. S. L. Narasimhan
Chief MinisterY. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Konijeti Rosaiah
Preceded byGollapalli Surya Rao
Succeeded byP. Shankar Rao
Member of Legislative Assembly
Andhra Pradesh
In office
Preceded byGattu Bheemudu
Succeeded byTelangana Assembly Created
Personal details
Born (1960-05-04) 4 May 1960 (age 63)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
(2019 - Present)
Other political
SpouseD.K. Bharatha Simha Reddy
Residence(s)Gadwal, Jogulamba Gadwal district
Alma materRaja Bahadur Venkata Rama Reddy Womens College, Hyderabad
OccupationAgriculture and Politician

Dharmavarapu Kottam Aruna (born 4 May 1960) is an Indian politician from Telangana state. She served as a minister in Andhra Pradesh for Information and Public Relations in YS Rajasekhar Reddy's cabinet (2004–2009) and for Small Scale industries, Sugar, Khadi and Village Industries in Rosaiah's cabinet (2009–2010). She represented Gadwal constituency as an MLA in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly between 2004–2014 and in Telangana Legislative Assembly between 2014 and 2018.

Aruna won the 2004 election under Samajwadi Party but later joined the Indian National Congress. She joined Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019 and is appointed as its National Vice President in September 2020.

Early life

DK Aruna was born on 4 May 1960 to Ch. Narsi Reddy. She is married to D.K. Bharathsimha Reddy and has three children.[1]

Aruna studied science up to Intermediate. She married into a family of politicians and Congress members aged 16.

Her father-in-law, D.K. Satya Reddy, her husband D.K. Bharatha Simha Reddy, and her brother-in-law D.K. Samara Simha Reddy have all been involved in politics. Her father Chitlem Narsi Reddy, brothers Chitlem Venkateswar Reddy and Chitlem Ram Mohan Reddy are congress workers and legislators.[2][3]

Her father and brother, Venkateswar were assassinated by Maoists on Independence Day in 2005 while attending the celebrations at Narayanpet.[4]

Her entry into public life happened after becoming involved with "grievance redressal" sessions held at the house of her husband's family.

Political career

Losing her first few elections by narrow margins, she was MLA from Gadwal constituency of Mahaboobnagar district for the first time in 2004.[5]

In 2004, D.K. Aruna won representing the Samajwadi Party and subsequently represented Congress in the 2009 elections.[3] While in the opposition, she participated in the historic Electricity agitation, led a Padayatra from Gadwal to the State capital to highlight the irrigation water problems of the farmers in Mahaboobnagar District and went on an indefinite hunger strike for irrigation water to the dry lands of Telangana.

She has also gone on Padayatra from Jamulamma temple in Gadwal mandal to Jogulamba temple in Alampur[6] and later a two-day hunger strike to protest against the State government's refusal to form Gadwal as part of a new district in September 2016 [7]

In 2018, Aruna lost 2018 Telangana Legislative Assembly election from Gadwal to her nephew Bandla Krishna Mohan Reddy of Telangana Rashtra Samithi.

In March 2019, she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and she contested 2019 Lok sabha elections from Mahabubnagar constituency where she lost by 77,829 votes.[8][9][10][11]

In September 2020, She was appointed as Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Party .

Political statistics

Year Contested For Party Constituency Opponent Votes Majority Result
1 1999 MLA INC Gadwal Ghattu Bheemudu (TDP) 43261 - 47807 -4546 Lost [12]
2 2004 SP Ghattu Bheemudu (TDP) 80703 - 42017 38686 Won [13]
3 2009 INC Bandla Krishna Mohan Reddy (TDP) 63433 - 53006 10427 Won [14]
4 2014 INC Bandla Krishna Mohan Reddy (TRS) 83355 - 75095 8260 Won [15]
5 2018 INC Bandla Krishna Mohan Reddy (TRS) -28260 High court rejected him on 24 August 2023 Won [16]


  1. ^ "Member's Profile: SMT. ARUNA D.K". Telangana Legislature. Archived from the original on 10 February 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Andhra Pradesh News : Makthal bypoll: Narsi Reddy's son files papers". The Hindu. 18 November 2005. Retrieved 6 September 2017.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "DK family still rules the roost". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Maoists Murder Andhra MLA". Arab News. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Congress MLA DK Aruna Exclusive Interview". Telugu Cinema News. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Telangana: MLAs hit the road for new districts". The Deccan Chronicle. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  7. ^ "DK Aruna, Ponnala undertake hunger strike for new districts". The Hans India. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Senior TDP leader Peddi Reddy to join BJP". Business Standard India. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Abandoning yellow brigade, TDP leader Peddi Reddy to don saffron in Telangana's BJP". The New Indian Express. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Senior TDP, Congress leaders join BJP in Telangana". The Indian Express. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  11. ^ "In Big Jolt to Telangana Congress, DK Aruna Switches Over to BJP". News18. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
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  16. ^ "Election Commission of India". Archived from the original on 17 December 2018. Retrieved 17 December 2018.