Appachu Ranjan sworn-in as minister
It was a pleasant spectacle to watch Appachu Ranjan, the third time MLA from Kodagu, being sworn-in as a minister on Thursday in his traditional Kodava costume – kupya, chele, peechekathi and mandethuni.
Mandepanda Poovaiah Appachu Ranjan (in picture above, courtesy Star of Mysore), the MLA from Madikeri, was sworn-in as minister in the newly constituted Jagadish Shettar BJP ministry in Karnataka.
Ranjan, who has come up the hard way from being a grass-roots level BJP worker, had been lobbying hard for the last several years to become a minister. His was a deserving case because he was re-elected thrice as an MLA from Kodagu.
Finally, his proximity to the outgoing chief minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda helped him to fulfil his dream of becoming a minister.
Starting his active public life as the member of the Kumbur School Development Management Committee, president of the Madapur VSSSN, correspondent of the Chennamma Junior College in Madapur, director of the Kodagu District Coffee Growers Society in Madikeri, member of the Kushalnagar APMC, he made his foray into politics in 1980 when he was elected president of the BJP youth wing in Madapur.
He won the Assembly elections for the first time from Somwarpet constituency in 1994 and was re-elected in 1999. He lost to B.A. Jivijaya of the Congress (now with JD(S)) in the next election. Mr. Ranjan won from the Madikeri constituency in 2008.
He served as the chairman of the Karnatake State Sports Authority in 2008 as also Karnataka Land Army Corporation Limited.
Born on September 11, 1957, Ranjan is a BA graduate and is known as a progressive agriculturist and coffee grower. He originally hails from Chembebellur village near Virajpet town and is married to Ponnamma. His first son Poovaiah is an engineer in the U.S. and second son Cariappa, a doctor. Daughter Kshira is a dentist.
Ranjan’s brothers too are in politics and his immediate younger brother Shuja Kushalappa is the president of the Virajpet taluk Akrama-Sakrama Samiti while his youngest brother, M.P. Sunil Subramani is a member of the State BJP executive committee.
www.coorgtourisminfo.com SETS THE AGENDA FOR APPACHU RANJAN: Now that his dream of becoming a minister has finally materialised, Ranjan should work hard to improve the deteriorating infrastructure in Kodagu. His priority should be to tackle the chronic drinking water problem in Madikeri and to improve the condition of the Gonikoppal-Hunsur road. He should work along with Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, who represents the Virajpet constituency, for the overall development of Kodagu.