• B. Janardhana Poojary

  • Date of birth : April 27 1937
  • Location of birth : Bokkapatna, Boluru, Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka
  • Education : B.Com, LLB
  • Employment :Lawyer and Farmer. Working as a Lawyer for the first 18 years I was trying to provide legal assistance to many poor people, especially safeguarding law for people of the weaker sections, including Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities and the protection of the farmers.
  • Minister :
  • Deputy Minister of Central Finance Department 15.1.1982 to December 1984.
  • Minister of State for Finance December 1984 to December 1987.
  • Minister for Rural Development January 1988 to December 1989.
  • Lok Sabha Member :From Mangalore Lok Sabha constituency four times in 1977, 1980, 1984 and 1991.
  • Rajya Sabha member :April 1994 to 2000, April 10, 2002 to April 9, 2008
  • Acquired status:
  • He was the President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee for the first time from 1987 to 1989 (appointed as the Union Minister of State for Finance)
  • Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman for second time 6.2.2003 to 27.7.2005.

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Political Career

Call for National Duty

Year 1977 I was practising as a lawyer in my office in Bhavanti street in Mangaluru. I was engrossed in a case file when the phone rang. The caller identified himself as Personal Secretary of Mrs.Indira Gandhi

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Political Entry

1977 It was my first election and I had humbled A K Subbaiah of Janata Party by a huge margin of 66,000 votes. But, as I had narrated, Congress had suffered a crippling defeat in rest of the country.

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Ministerial status

15th January, 1982. Indira Gandhi made me Deputy Minister for Finance. Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister. Many people took a dig at Indiraji;'s decision to make me Finance Minister.

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Four Occassions for CM post

In the 1984 Lok Sabha election held after Indira Gandhi's murder, the Congress got a thumping majority by winning 411 seats. Sympathy factor had worked for the Party in a big way.

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My Childhood

Lessons from Chowti (Gowri-Ganesha) Festival

Despite poverty, we used to celebrate Chowti (Gowri Ganesha Festival) in our house. Our entire chawl used to be in a festive mood. All houses would bring sugarcane for the festival.

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Alumni Association

My association with Bokkapatna School paved the way for my public speaking skills. Even after leaving the school for higher studies, I was active in the school as the President of the Alumni Association

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Farmers Family

Both my parents come from farmer's family. My father had inherited some land from his ancestors. One property was at Nantoor near Maroli and another at Marakadabail. This property was under dispute

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Brilliant Father

My father was very intelligent though he had not even passed 1st Std. I am no match for my father despite completing a law degree. He was fluent in Kannada and his literary command over Kannada

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LOAN MELA a revolution

January 1982 I was called by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. When I went there, a surprise was waiting for me. "I am making you a Minister," Indira Gandhi said. Before I could realize what was happening, she continued "I am giving you Finance Portfolio." 'Thank you', I said. "You know why I am making you Finance Minister? Banks are not giving loans to farmers, working class, poor, students, unemployed youth. This was one of the main reasons why I nationalized Banks. But even then, people are struggling to get loans. You have come from a poor family background. You have seen poverty. That is why I have chosen you. Nobody has bothered to help these people. I want you to do it," she said.

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Transition from Temple

Billawa community did not have a family Diety. The Upper castes had kept us Billawa's away from temples. We were not allowed to see Gods. It was Brahmashri Narayana Guru who gave us a family diety by building Gokarnanatha Temple in Kudroli in Mangaluru.
  • Huge efforts behind Magnificent Temple

    Narayana Guru always preached about importance of education in life and unity among different castes and creeds in the society for a peaceful

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    Magical 5 paise coin

    Once while I was addressing a Public Rally in Dakshina Kannada District, a person wearing a half pant came on stage and said

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  • Mangaluru Dasara, a new Chapter

    After installing Nava Durgeyaru, we installed Adishakthi and performed a ten-day non-stop pooja during Dussehra. We named this as

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    Breaking Caste Barriers

    As all work related to Gokarnanatha Temple got over, I decided to appoint widows as Priests to perform religious rituals. I was

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Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Temple

Political Testimonials

Indira Gandhi

If there are ten people like Janardhana Poojary who is honest, loyal, pure-hearted,hard working then there is no end to our party.


Rajiv Gandhi

Poojary is a poor people's man, If there is any politician who can not be broughtfrom any livelihood in the country, it's only Janardhana Poojary.



In today's politics a person like Lal Bahadur Shastri can only be seen throughJanardhan Poojary.


Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Poojary is a genuine, pure-hand, honest politician & loyal servant of the people.


A K Antony

I am called as Mr Clean, but Poojary is more Cleaner than me.


Personal Life

I got married to Malathi on January 21, 1968. Before that, many marriage proposals had come, but I was not interested. Malathi is the only girl whom I had gone to see for marriage proposal. Myself and my friend Jayakar, who was manager in a shoe company, had gone to Malathi's house to see her. Her father Sanjiv Poojary was from Karanduru family in Belthangady. I explained everything about me to him. "I don't have any bad habits. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't even drink tea and coffee. I like your daughter," I told him.

I also told him that I will not take dowry and I will bear all expense of the marriage. He agreed. My marriage took place at the old Koragappa Memorial Hall at Gokarnanatha Temple in 'Godhuli' muhurtam.

Before marriage, I was practising law and I had a rickshaw. I had given it on rent to repay the loan I had taken to purchase the rickshaw. I had given a car on rent after my marriage. Later I sold that car and bought a new one for own use.

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