Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri is an Indian politician from Karnataka. He belongs to the BJP and he was elected as the speaker of the Karnataka Assembly in July 2019.
Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri was born on Monday, 10 July 1961 (age 58 years; as in 2019) in Sirsi, Karnataka. His zodiac sign is Cancer. He received his primary education from a local school of Karnataka. He pursued B.Com from the Karnatak University in Dharwad, Karnataka. Vishweshwar has been associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS, when he was in college.
He was an office-bearer and the state secretary of the ABVP for 5 years. Vishweshwar is a very influential leader, and he has always wanted to serve the people through politics.
Height (approx.): 6′
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Family, Wife, and Caste
Vishweshwar belongs to a Brahmin Family. His father, Anant Hegde (died at the age of 83 in 2019), had actively been involved with RSS for a long time.His mother’s name is Sarweshwari Hegde.
He is married to Bharathi. They have 3 daughters.
Vishweshwar has four brothers (Ganapati Hegde Kageri, Parameshwar Hegde, Nagapati Hegdeand & 1 more) and two sisters.
Vishweshwar’s stint with the ABVP led him to become a member of the BJP. In 1991, he was appointed as the District Secretary of the BJP. He eventually rose through the ranks in the BJP. In 1994, he contested and won the Karnataka Assembly Elections from the Ankola Constituency of Karnataka. He was elected as an MLA. His work was appreciated by the people of his constituency, and he was re-elected in 1999 and 2004 from the Ankola Constituency.
In the 2008 delimitation drive, the Ankola Constituency was scrapped. Visheshwar then contested from the newly formed Sirsi Constituency and won. He was re-elected in 2013 and 2018. In 2008, he was appointed as the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education of Karnataka in the BS Yeddyurappa Cabinet. In July 2018, HD Kumaraswamy’s Coalition Government failed the trust vote and BJP came to power with BS Yeddyurappa as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka. On 30 July 2019, Vishweshwar’s name was proposed for the post of the speaker of the Karnataka Assembly. He was elected as the Speaker unanimously.
In July 2011, there was a campaign going on in Karnataka to include the Bhagwad Gita in the syllabus of the Government schools of Karnataka. Vishweshwar was a cabinet minister at the time, and he supported the move. Several people were opposing the campaign to which Vishweshwar replied-
Those who oppose the Gita teachings should quit India”
He faced a lot of flak for this statement and was heavily criticized for it.
Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri owns a Maruti Suzuki Swift (2011 Model) and a Toyota Innova (2016 Model)
Assets & Properties
Cash: 5 Lacs INR
Bank Deposits: 52.80 Lacs INR
Jewellery: 1250 gm Gold worth 7.33 Lacs INR and 3500 gm Silver worth 1.33 Lacs INR
Agricultural Land: worth 50 Lacs INR in Kageri Village
Non-Agricultural Land: worth 1.25 Crores INR in Bengaluru
Residential House: worth 80 Lacs INR in Sirsi, Karnataka
- His hobbies are playing cricket and reading books.
- He is also an agriculturist by profession.
- He is the only person who filed his nomination papers for the post of the speaker of the Karnataka Assembly.