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Vijay Sankeshwar
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Vijay Sankeshwar (2020)
Years active1967–present
TitleChairman and managing director of VRL Group
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Board member ofVRL Group[1]
Children3 daughters, 1 son [2]
RelativesAnand Sankeshwar (son)

Vijay Sankeshwar is an Indian businessman from Dharwad, Karnataka.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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

In 2022, Anand Sankeshwar produced the biopic of Vijay Sankeshwar as Vijayanand and released the teaser. The biopic will focus on Sankeshwar’s journey from owning a single truck to making it India’s largest logistics fleet.[6][7][8][9][10]

Vijay Sankeshwar (middle), in 2018
Vijay Sankeshwar (middle), in 2018


Sankeshwar completed his graduation in Commerce and was educated at Adarsh Shikshan Samiti, College of Commerce, Gadag, Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka.

Political career

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


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