Ramesh Jigajinagi
Minister of State for Drinking Water & Sanitation
In office
5 July 2016 – 24 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byBirender Singh
Member of the Parliament of India (Lok Sabha)
for Bijapur
Assumed office
Preceded byBasangouda Patil Yatnal
Minister for Revenue, Karnataka
In office
Minister for Social Welfare, Karnataka
In office
Member of the Parliament of India (Lok Sabha)
for Chikkodi
In office
Preceded byRatnamala Dhareshwar Savanoor
Succeeded byKatti Ramesh Vishwanath
MoS for Home, Karnataka
In office
MoS for Excise, Karnataka
In office
Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
for Ballolli
In office
Preceded bySiddharth Sangappa Arakeri
Succeeded byManohar Umakant Ainapur
Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
for Ballolli
In office
Preceded byManohar Umakant Ainapur
Succeeded byHR Algur
Personal details
Born (1952-06-28) 28 June 1952 (age 71)
Atharga, Bombay State
(now in Karnataka), India
Political partyBJP
Children2 sons
Residence(s)Bijapur, Karnataka, Karnataka
As of 23 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi (born 28 June 1952) is an Indian politician from Karnataka and currently a member of Lok Sabha. He was Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2016. He was member of the Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth and Sixteenth Lok Sabha. He was inducted into PM, Narendra Modi's government as a Minister of State for Drinking Water & Sanitation on July 5, 2016. He represents the Bijapur constituency (2019-2024) and is currently a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party which he joined in 2002. He has also been a member of Janata Dal and Ramakrishna Hegde's Vedike Party and Ram Vilas Paswan's Jan Shakti Party in 2001 when Hegde was planning to retire.

Political career

Ramesh Jigajinagi was born on 28 June 1952 in Atharga village of Bijapur District in Karnataka to Chandappa and Bhoramma Jigajinagi. He is married to Shoba and has two sons. He completed his graduation from BLDEA's New Arts College, Bijapur in the faculty of Arts and later earned his master's degree as well.[1] Ramesh hails from a Scheduled Caste community and has been able to retain support in the areas of northern Karnataka, even after switching alliances and parties. His electoral victory is significant, contesting and winning his seat against B. Shankaranand of the Indian National Congress'. Ramesh entered the 12th Lok Sabha with a margin of 1,31,238 votes.[2]

Initially, he joined the undivided Janata Dal under the mentorship of Ramakrishna Hegde. He remained in the Janta Dal and was a staunch supporter of Ramakrishna Hegde. When Ramakrishna Hegde floated the Rashtreeya Nava Nirmana Vedike, Ramesh Jigajinagi was among the earliest sitting MLAs to support him and join the new party by resigning his ministership. Later, he joined Lok Shakti, a party formed by Ramakrishna Hegde and rejoined Janata Dal United after the merger of Lok Shakti with the former. After the death of his mentor, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Positions held

See also




  1. ^ Members' profile fourteenth Loksabha, Parliament of India Archived 13 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Parliament of India's website
  3. ^ "Bijapur Election Results 2009, Bijapur MP Election Results 2009, Bijapur Lok Sabha Election Results 2009, KarnatakaState Election Results, Election Manifesto, India Election News, India Elections Results, Indian Election Schedule, Lok Sabha Elections, General Elections 2009". Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.