Age: 72 Years
Some Lesser Known Facts About Vijay Sankeshwar
- Vijay Sankeshwar is an Indian politician and entrepreneur who founded VLR Logisictic Limited. In October 2022, several media houses reported that a Kannada film based on his life will be released in 2022.
- In 1966, Vijay Sankeshwar began his career as an entrepreneur when his father gifted him the family printing press business on his 16th birthday.
- In 1969, to expand his family’s printing business, Vijay Sankeshwar took a loan of Rs 1 lakh from a bank and installed modern printing press machinery. While giving an interview, Vijay Sankeshwar said,
My father was reluctant to send me to college after my schooling. He wanted me to get into the printing business and settle down. So my father gifted me a printing press named ‘Vijay Printing Press’, it was a very small set up with just one machine and two employees. I took a critical decision to take the company to the next level and added a few modern printing machinery, which then cost one lakh rupees.”
- In 1976, while working on expanding the family printing press business, Vijay Sankeshwar established Vijayanand Roadlines, a new business of transporting goods in Karnataka. While giving an interview, Vijay said that he started his transport business with just one truck that was bought by him after taking a loan of Rs 2 lakh from a bank. Talking about it, he said,
With no or little communication access to reach the drivers once they hit the road, I had no clue when the cargo would reach the customer, till the trucks came back safe to the warehouse. I have suffered severe losses and frequent accidents of vehicles that I owned. Not deterred by these setbacks, I worked hard to reach my goal.”
- To expand his transport business, Vijay Sankeshwar, along with his family, shifted to Hubballi, Karnataka in 1978. A few months later, Vijay expanded his transport business by acquiring two additional goods carriers.
- Reportedly, by 1990, Vijayanand Roadways generated annual profits worth Rs 4 Crore and had a fleet of 117 vehicles.
- Several sources claim that Vijay Sankeshwar began partaking in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-related activities when he was 12 years old and used to promote Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during its election campaigning in Karnataka. Vijay Sankeshwar became a member of the BJP in 1993 following which he steadily climbed the ranks within the party and was given several important state-level party appointments.
- Vijay Sankeshwar’s Vijayanand Roadways began passenger bus services from Hubballi to Bangalore and vice versa in 1996 after he purchased four passenger buses.
- In the same year, Vijay Sankeshwar contested the general elections from the Dharwad constituency. In the elections, he emerged victorious after which he entered the parliament as its member.
- In 1997, Vijay Sankeshwar served as a member of three parliamentary committees named Finance Committee, Consultative Committee, and Surface Transport Committee.
- In 1998, Vijay Sankeshwar contested the 12th Lok Sabha elections from the Dharwad constituency and won the elections.
- Vijay Sankeshwar contested and won the 1999 general elections from the Dharwad constituency following which he became a member of two parliamentary committees named the Committee on Commerce and the Committee on Transport and Tourism.
- In 2003, Vijay Sankeshwar resigned from the BJP and established Kannada Naadu Party (KNP), which was amalgamated with B. S. Yediyurappa’s Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) in 2004.
- When Yediyurappa was serving as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Vijay Sankeshwar was nominated as a Member of the Legislative Council in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly (KLA). Vijay, however, resigned from his membership in the legislative assembly due to some political differences. Talking about it, during an interview, he said,
I have been associated with the RSS for 52 years and it is much more than a mother to me. And I am not against the RSS. But the manner in which it has functioned in the last eight to ten years, especially with regard to the lack of transparency on donations received by it and the manner in which it is dictating terms to the BJP, has disappointed me.”
- Vijay Sankeshwar expanded his business into generating clean energy in 2006 after establishing a 42.5 Mw wind power venture at Mundargi at Kappatgudda, Gadag district, Karnataka. While giving an interview, he said,
All of my ventures were completely and undoubtedly based on trial and error method. I took maximum risk as well as pride in whatever I have done so far. We have never copied anyone in any of our business models, ever.”
- The Kannada newspaper Vijaya Vani, founded by Vijay Sankeshwar in 2012, is reported to be Karnataka’s leading newspaper selling over 8 million copies per day. He is also the founder of Vijay Karnataka, Nootana, and Bhavana, which are Kannada newspapers and periodicals.
- After Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014, Vijay Sankeshwar rejoined the BJP as well.
- Vijay Sankeshwar received an honourary degree from the state-owned Karnataka University in 2014.
- In 2020, Vijay Sankeshwar founded Sahitya Prakashana, an online bookstore containing many English, Hindi, and Kannada books.
- Several national-level boards and committees, such as All India Motor Transport Congress, Tobacco Board, and Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have appointed Vijay Sankeshwar as a member.
- According to a March 2022 report in The Economic Times, VLR Logistics Limited earned an annual profit worth Rs 2393.65 Crore.
- In October 2022, Vijay Sankeshwar’s son Anand announced that in 2022, Vijayanand, a Kannada film based on the life journey of Vijay, will be released on an OTT platform in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.