Ramalinga Reddy Wiki, Age, Caste, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Ramalinga Reddy

Ramalinga Reddy is an Indian politician known for being the president of the Karnataka Indian National Congress since February 2001.


Ramalinga Reddy was born on Friday, 12 June 1953 (age 70 years; as of 2023) in Anekal, Karnataka. His zodiac sign is Gemini. He did his schooling at the government school at Hombegowdanagar in Bangalore. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in science at Government Science College, Bangalore University. [1]My Neta He also pursued LLB at University Law College, Bangalore. [2]Citizen Matters When he was in college, the university elections were big events at that time. He received a lot of support from his party which even got pamphlets made for him. The parties used to encourage the young leaders and at that time, the public was also very active. He was inspired by people like Indira Gandhi and Sri Devaraj Urs of the Congress party which was a very strong party at that time. He got inspired by Indira Gandhi’s 20-point programme and other activities. According to him, he also got inspiration from the poverty eradication programmes.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 5″

Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper

Eye Colour: Black

Ramalinga Reddy


Parents & Siblings

His father’s name is B. Venkatareddy, who was a corporator. His mother’s name is Pillamma.

Wife & Children

Ramalinga is married and has a son, Sreraj Reddy and a daughter, Sowmya Reddy, who is the general secretary of All India Mahila Congress of Karnataka.

Ramalinga Reddy with his (L-R) daughter, son and wife

Ramalinga Reddy with his (L-R) daughter, son and wife


He follows Hinduism.

Ramalinga Reddy performing a Hindu ritual

Ramalinga Reddy performing a Hindu ritual


He resides at No.455/7, 1591 Cross, Lakkasandra Layout, Bengaluru – 560 030.


Ramalinga Reddy's signature

Ramalinga Reddy’s signature

Political Career

He started his political career in 1973 when he became the secretary of the students union at Government Science College, Bangalore. He was also a member of the student council at Bangalore University. When he was in college, he used to participate in a lot of organizational activities. In 1973, when he joined NSUI, he attended NSUI National Convention in Trivandrum, Kerala. In 1977, he became the student union president at Bangalore University. In 1980, he became a member of the Senate and finance committee at Bangalore University. From 1983 to 1988, he was a corporator of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. In 1985, he became the president of the Jayanagar Block Congress Committee. In 1989, he was elected as a Member Legislative Assembly from the Jayanagar constituency. In 1990, he became a member of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee and worked there till 2018. In 1992, he became the Karnataka Minister of Finance, Major and Medium Scale Industries and APMC. In 1993, he was elected as the Chairman of the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee. In 1994, he was elected as the MLA from Jayanagar Constituency. From 1998 to 2008, he was the president of the Bangalore City District Congress Committee. In 1999, he was re-elected as the MLA from Jayanagar Constituency. In 2001, he became a member of the All India Congress Committee. In 2002, he became the minister of Food and Civil Supplies of Karnataka. In 2004, he became the minister of Primary and Secondary Education and Sakala of Karnataka. In 2008, he was re-elected as the MLA from BTM Constituency. On 18 May 2013, he became the Minister of Transport of Karnataka. In 2013, he became the chairman of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation and North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation. On 2 September 2017, he became the minister of Home Affairs of Karnataka. In 2018, he won the Karnataka Assembly Elections from the BTM constituency for the seventh time. In 2021, he became the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Working President.


Movable Assets

  • Cash: Rs. 3,47,491
  • Bank Deposits: Rs. 4,58,69,372
  • Motor Vehicles: Rs. 21,26,520

Immovable Assets

  • Commercial Buildings: Rs. 57,99,76,423
  • Residential Buildings: Rs. 3,28,52,000
  • Others: Rs. 2,03,11,675

Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2023. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor). [3]My Neta

Net Worth

Rs. 72 Crore

Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2023. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor). [4]My Neta


  • In the 1994 state elections, he was the only Congress candidate who won from Bengaluru.
  • He has worked on social causes like improvement in the maintenance and infrastructure in all parks through active participation in residents’ welfare association, ensuring proper street lighting on low-light roads for the safety and security of women and children, clearing the arterial roads, radial roads and junctions including Silk Board Junction, St. Johns Junction and Hosur Road Junction, improving government schools facilities including quality of classrooms, sporting facilities, labs, and upgradation of BWSSB lines to ensure proper and sufficient supply of water to all.
  • In an interview, he talked about how important education was in politics and said,

    A certain handling capacity is important in politics. More than education, there should be an initiative and interest. One must know how to handle officers and how to mobilize funds. One must have the knack required to bring funds out of programs as well. Sometimes double graduates are total failures in politics and others who are not educated at all do well. One should be able to give anything certain amounts of time and work on it until the job is done. Education might help, but there are these things as well is what I am telling you.”

  • In 2005, he worked on He the JNNURM Scheme under which eight hundred houses were sanctioned for construction. He built houses in Rajendra Nagar, Koramangala, Chandrappa Nagara and S R Nagar for Rs. 2 Lakh per house.
  • In an interview, he said that he faced a lot of problems as an MLA but the main one was a lack of funds and knowing how to use funds from out-of-programs to solve issues.
  • In 2015, his daughter’s marriage ceremony was eco-friendly. The paper used in wedding invitations was recyclable, the flowers used were made of recycled paper and the guests were asked not to wear leather or silk clothes.
  • In 2016, when he was working as the Minister for Transport and Chairman, he was invited to inaugurate BMTC’s new Bus Station at N.R.Colony in Basavanagudi.

    Ramalinga Reddy inaugurating BMTC’s Bus Station at N.R.Colony in Basavanagudi

    Ramalinga Reddy inaugurating BMTC’s Bus Station at N.R.Colony in Basavanagudi

  • In 2017, the BMTC Bus Prayanikara Vedike volunteers took to Facebook to talk about the garment workers on Mysore Road who were unable to spend Rs. 1050 for a monthly BMTC bus pass from a monthly salary of Rs. 7,000. According to the volunteers, they preferred taking a private bus rather than a public bus because they were much more expensive. Ramalinga met the volunteers and talked to them about the problem.

    Ramalinga Reddy meeting BMTC Bus Prayanikara Vedike volunteers

    Ramalinga Reddy meeting BMTC Bus Prayanikara Vedike volunteers

  • In 2018, allegedly, Congress President Rahul Gandhi released a list of new ministers after the reshuffling of portfolios by the ruling party. In the list, Ramalinga’s name was withdrawn because of which his supporters protested and blocked the arterial Hosur Road and disrupted traffic in the busiest area of Bengaluru.

    Ramalinga Reddy's supporters protesting on road

    Ramalinga Reddy’s supporters protesting on road

  • In 2018, the Congress party sent a circular to heads of police in all districts in which they asked them to give their opinion on removing cases on minority communities in incidents of communal clashes. The BJP criticized the Congress party for doing so. Later, Ramalinga talked about the circular and said that it was not circular but was only a reminder. He further said that the BJP did not understand English and they misguided the public.
  • In 2019, after submitting his resignation from the party along with 9 other MLAs, he withdrew it after one day. After the withdrawal, he decided to vote for the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state Assembly. In an interview, he revealed that he sent the resignation because of the internal problems of the party and not because he had problems with the state government.
  • In 2019, in a letter to chief secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, deputy chief minister G Parameshwara and Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun, he alleged that there were irregularities in city waste management. He asked them to take out an investigation into the Mini Transfer Stations (MTS) project worth Rs. 246 crores given to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for building the mini transfer stations in 50 wards.
  • In 2022, in an interview, he talked about discrimination by the government in the release of development funds to Bengaluru MLAs. In an interview, he said that the BJP in Karnataka gave 15 BJP MLAs Rs. 9,880.15 crores, but 12 MLAs of the Congress party were given Rs. 2,186.48 crores. Meanwhile, JDS MLA (Dasarahalli) was alone allocated Rs. 288.5 crores. These funds were for works under the Amrut Yojana, Nagarothana and Storm Water Drain schemes.
  • In 2022, the BJP was allegedly collecting Rs. 100 per month from the parents of government school students as a donation. Ramalingatalked about this and said,

    Since the BJP government came to power, the education system in the state is in complete disarray. Thousands of government schools have been closed. More than 10 lakh children are deprived of education. Ramalingareddy questioned whether this is the anti-education policy of the government. The term of the current academic year is half over and uniforms, textbooks, shoes and socks have not been distributed to the students in many places. How can children learn if they are not provided with text tools? He speculated that the delay might be because the government has backed away from the 40 percent commission.”

  • In 2023, he filed a complaint against BJP’s CH Ramurthy to the Election Commission of India (ECI) over Ramurthy’s alleged hooliganism. According to Reddy, Ramurthy was ‘threatening people in Vijaynagar with 200-300 of his aides at midnight’. In an interview, he talked about this and said,

    More than 75% of them will be in cars wearing helmets and masks. In car also they are wearing helmets. They don’t want to identify (themselves). 50% Bangalore rowdies are in that (Vijaynagar) constituency. That is why we complained. We are asking for paramilitary from today itself.”

  • In May 2023, Ramalinga and Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar accused the election commission officials of manipulating the results against Sowmya Reddy after the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate CK Ramamurthy was declared the winner in Bengaluru’s Jayanagar constituency by 16 votes. They protested against the electoral body’s order.


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