Mallikarjun Kharge

Mallikarjun Kharge Biography

Posted by | Vishnu Das on | September 19, 2023

Date of Birth

21 / July / 1942





After securing 7,897 votes from the 9,385 votes, Mallikarjun Kharge was elected Congress Party Chief. After 24 years, Mallikarjun Kharge becomes the first non-Gandhi leader to hold the top position in the party.

Mallikarjun Kharge Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Kharge was the Minister of Railways for the Government of India. He is considered a competent leader of the opposition party. Since February 16, 2021, Mallikarjun Kharge has been a member of the Rajya Sabha in Karnataka.


Mallikarjun Kharge was a Varawatti, Bhalki Taluk, and Bidar districts, Karnataka, Mapanna Kharge, and Sabavva native. Mallikarjun Kharge married Radhabai in May 1968 and they have two daughters and three boys. Kharge declared that he practices Buddhism in 2006.

Radhabai Kharge Mallikarjun Kharge Wife

Radhabai Kharge Mallikarjun Kharge Wife

Priyank Kharge Mallikarjun Kharge Son

Priyank Kharge Mallikarjun Kharge Son

Priyadarshini Kharge Mallikarjun Kharge Daughter

Priyadarshini Kharge Mallikarjun Kharge Daughter

Mallikarjun Kharge old Pics

Mallikarjun Kharge old Pics

Early Life

Mallikarjun Kharge was a Varawatti, Bhalki Taluk, and Bidar districts, Karnataka, Mapanna Kharge, and Sabavva native. After completing his primary and secondary education at Nutan Vidyalaya in Gulbarga he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gulbarga from the Government College and a Law degree from Seth Shankarlal Lhoti Law College, Gulbarga.


Kharge completed his schooling at Nutan Vidyalaya in Gulbarga. He then went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree at the Government College, Gulbarga as well as a law degree from Seth Shankarlal Law College, Gulbarga. Kharge began his legal career as a junior in Justice Shivraj Patil’s office. He fought labor union cases during this period of his legal career.

Personal Life

Radhabai is Mallikarjun Kharge’s wife. They were married on May 13, 1968. Kharge is the proud father of three children: two daughters and one son. Kharge practices Buddhism. As the chairman and founder of the Siddharth Vihar Trust, he erected the Buddha Vihar in Gulbarga.

Mallikarjun Kharge is supported by the Congress leadership. Ashok Gehlot supports Kharge, who is a front-runner for the presidential race. Rumors have it that Kharge has been friendly with the Gandhis.

Political Career

It began his political career in student union leadership while he was at the College. He was elected the General Secretary for the College Student Body. In 1969, he was appointed legal advisor to MSK Mills Employees Union.

Kharge was also a prominent labor union leader in Samyukta Majdoor Sangha and led many agitations for labor rights. Mallikarjun Kharge joined the Indian National Congress in 1969. He also became President of the Gulbarga City Congress Committee.

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Electoral Performances

Election Constituency Name Result Votes gained Vote share% Margin Year
Karnataka Legislative Assembly Gurmitkal Won 16,796 62.68%% 9,440 1972
Karnataka Legislative Assembly Gurmitkal Won 30,380 64.99% 16,599 1978
Karnataka Legislative Assembly Gurmitkal Won 30,933 67.65% 16,143 1983
Karnataka Legislative Assembly Gurmitkal Won 32,669 66% 17,673 1985
Karnataka Legislative Assembly Gurmitkal Won 39,608 64.23% 19,969 1989
Karnataka Legislative Assembly Gurmitkal Won 42,588 58.76% 19,336 1994
Karnataka Legislative Assembly Gurmitkal Won 54,569 76.76% 47,124 1999
Karnataka Legislative Assembly Gurmitkal Won 37,006 45.99% 18,547 2004
Karnataka Legislative Assembly Chittapur Won 49,837 52.13% 17,442 2008
15th Lok Sabha Gulbarga Won 3,45,241 45.46% 13,404 2009
16th Lok Sabha Gulbarga Won 5,07,193 50.83% 74,733 2014
17th Lok Sabha Gulbarga Lost 5,24,740 44.08% 95,452 2019
President of the Indian National Congress n/a Won 7,897 83.12% 6,725 2022

Positions Held

Description Year
Elected to 5th Karnataka Assembly (1st Term)

Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education (1976-1978)

1972 – 1978
Elected to 6th Karnataka Assembly (2nd Term)

Cabinet Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (1979-1980)

Cabinet Minister for Revenue (1980-83)

1978 – 1983
Elected to 7th Karnataka Assembly (3rd Term)

Secretary, Congress Legislature Party

1983 – 1985
Elected to 8th Karnataka Assembly (4th Term)

Deputy Leader of Opposition

1985 – 1989
Elected to 9th Karnataka Assembly (5th Term)

Cabinet Minister for Revenue, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (1990-1992)

Cabinet Minister for Co-operation, Medium and Large Industries (1992-1994)

1989 – 1994
Elected to 10th Karnataka Assembly (6th Term)

Leader of Opposition (1996-99)

1994 – 1999
Elected to 11th Karnataka Assembly (7th Term)

Cabinet Minister for Home, Infrastructure Development and Minor Irrigation (1999-2004)

1999 – 2004
Elected to 12th Karnataka Assembly (8th Term)

Cabinet Minister for Water Resources and Transport (2004-2006)

2004 – 2008
Elected to 13th Karnataka Assembly (9th Term)

Leader of Opposition (2008-2009)

2008 – 2009
Elected to 15th Lok Sabha (1st Term)

Union Minister for Labour and Employment (31 May 2009 – 17 June 2013)

Union Minister for Railways and Social Justice and Empowerment (17 June 2013-26 May 2014)

2009 – 2014
Elected to 16th Lok Sabha (2nd Term)

Leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party

Member, Business Advisory Committee (2014 – 2019)

Member, Standing Committee on Home Affairs (2014 – 2019)

Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Maintenance of Heritage Character and Development of Parliament House Complex (2014 – 2019)

Member of National Committee (NC) for commemorating the 125th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (2014 – 2019)

Member, General Purposes Committee (2015 – 2019)

Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence (2015 – 2019)

Chairperson, Public Accounts Committee (2017 – 2019)

Member, Committee on Budget of Lok Sabha (2017 – 2019)

2014 – 2019
Elected to Rajya Sabha (1st Term)

Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha (2021-2022)

President of the Indian National Congress (2022-Present)

2020 – Present

Mallikarjun Kharge Net Worth

The net worth of Mallikarjun Kharge in 2022 is more than Rs. According to his affidavit regarding his assets for the 17th Lok Sabha election 2019, it is over Rs. 15 crores. His movable assets were Rs 2,46,463,334 and his immovable assets were Rs 13,30,76,563 crores.

Mallikarjun Kharge Wikipedia

He was born 21 July 1942, is an Indian politician. He is currently the president of the Indian National Congress and a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Karnataka, since 16 February 2021.

Mallikarjun Kharge Details

From 16 February 2021 to 1 October 2022, he was the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. He was previously the Minister of Railways and Minister of Labour and Employment of the Government of India. From 2009 to 2019, Kharge was a Member of Parliament for Gulbarga (Karnataka).

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Body Measurements Not Yet Update
Birth Place Warwatti Bidar Hyderabad State British India
Children Sons: Priyank Kharge, Rahul Kharge, Milind Kharge
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Grey (half bald)
Height In CM 178 CM
Height In Meter 1.78 M
Nationality British Indian
Parents Father: Mapanna Kharge
Mother: Saibavva Kharge
Profession Politician
Siblings Not Yet Update
Spous Radhabai Kharge
Weight Not Yet Update
Zodiac Sign Cancer


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