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Vijay Sankeshwar
Vijay Sankeshwar (2020)
Vijay Basavanneppa Sankeshwar

(1950-08-02) 2 August 1950 (age 73)[1]
Betagiri, Gadag, Mysore State, India (presents in Karnataka)
Years active1967–present
TitleChairman and managing director of VRL Group
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (1993–2003; 2014–present)
Other political
Kannada Nadu Party (2003–2004)
Karnataka Janata Paksha (2004–2014)
Board member ofVRL Group[2]
(m. 1972)

Vijay Sankeshwar is an Indian businessman from Dharwad, Karnataka.[4] He along with Anand Sankeshwar (managing director) is the chairman of India's largest logistics firm VRL Group. He is also known for being the owner of the largest fleet of commercial vehicles in India.[5]

He left BJP and founded the Kannada Nadu Party. Later he joined the Karnataka Janata Paksha of BJP outcast Yeddyurappa; the party eventually merged back with BJP. Sankeshwar was also a former Member of Parliament from North Dharwad constituency as a BJP member.

Sankeshwar previously owned Karnataka's largest circulating newspaper, Vijaya Karnataka, until it was sold to Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. (The Times Group) for an undisclosed sum in 2007. After the expiry of a five-year non-compete clause he launched Vijaya Vani in 2012. Vijaya Vani is now the #1 Kannada daily newspaper, with 8 lakh+ sold copies every day.[citation needed]

Sankeshwar launched a new Kannada channel, Digvijay 24X7, on April 4, 2017.[6]

In 2020, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India.

Personal life

Vijay Sankeshwar was born on 2 August 1950 in Betageri, Gadag Mysore State (now Karnataka) to Basavanneppa Sankeshwar and Chandrawwa.[1] His father, was a businessman who established the printing press B G Sankeshwar and Co. (now Sankeshwar Printer Private Limited) in Gadag.

Sankeshwar married the Lalitha Sankeshwar on 14 December 1972.[1] Couple had three daughters and a son, Anand Sankeshwar, is the managing director of VRL Logistics Limited.


Sankeshwar obtained a commerce at Adarsh Shikshan Samiti, College of Commerce, Gadag, Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka.[citation needed]

Business career

Vijay got interest in transport business and in 1976 started the cargo business with one truck that he had bought by taking a loan of Rs 2 lakhs. Initially he suffered severe losses due to accidents, no communication, and competition.[citation needed]

In 1978, Vijay Sankeshwar and his family shifted to Hubballi to expand their transport business and brought three more trucks for business. In 1983, started a transport company Vijayanand Roadlines Limited. In beginning of 1990 VRL had 117 commercial vehicles and had turnover more than ₹4 crores. In 1993, starts the courier delivery across the Karnataka. Sankeshwar purchase 4 Passenger Buses in 1996, which carry passengers Bangalore to Hubballi.[citation needed]

Political career

Vijay Sankeshwar (middle), in 2018
Year Positions held
1993 Member, B.J.P., Dist. Dharwad, Karnataka (held various positions at district and state level)
1996 Elected to 11th Lok Sabha
1996-97 Member, Committee on Finance; member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Surface Transport
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1998-99 Transport
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1999-2000 Member, Committee on Commerce; member, Committee on Transport and Tourism

In popular culture

In 2022, Anand Sankeshwar produced the biopic of Vijay Sankeshwar as Vijayanand released on 9 December 2022 in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam.[7] The biopic will focus on Sankeshwar’s journey from owning a single truck to making it India’s largest logistics fleet.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Sankeshwar, Shri Vijay - Members Bioprofile".
  2. ^ "Board of Directors of VRL". Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Instagram".
  4. ^ why-sankeshwar-wants-to-sell-vijaya-karnataka
  5. ^ vrlgroup
  6. ^ "Mangaluru: New TV news channel 'Digvijay 24X7' launched".
  7. ^ "Vijayanand teaser: Rishika Singh's film presents the tale of one man's dream to have India's largest logistics firm". OTTPlay.
  8. ^ "Vijayanand - Official Trailer (Telugu) | Telugu Movie News - Times of India".
  9. ^ "Vijayanand (2022) - Movie | Reviews, Cast & Release Date - BookMyShow".