C. T. Ravi

Summary

Chikkamagaravalli Thimme Gowda Ravi (born 18 July 1967)[1] is an Indian politician who is the current National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party and four-time legislator from Chikmagalur Constituency of Karnataka State. He was a cabinet minister in the Government of Karnataka and currently is the National General secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party. He resigned to his post as the cabinet minister after being appointed as the National General secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party.[2]

C. T. Ravi
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National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
26 September 2020
PresidentJ. P. Nadda
Minister of Tourism
Government of Karnataka
In office
20 August 2019 – 4 October 2020
Chief MinisterB. S. Yediyurappa
Preceded byS. R. Mahesh
Succeeded byC. P. Yogeeshwara
Minister of Kannada & Culture
Government of Karnataka
In office
20 August 2019 – 4 October 2020
Chief MinisterB. S. Yediyurappa
Preceded byD. K. Shivakumar
Succeeded byArvind Limbavali
Minister of Youth Empowerment & Sports
Government of Karnataka
In office
10 February 2020 – 4 October 2020
Chief MinisterB. S. Yediyurappa
Preceded byK. S. Eshwarappa
Succeeded byNarayana Gowda
Minister of Sugarcane Development & Sugar
Government of Karnataka
In office
27 September 2019 – 10 February 2020
Chief MinisterB. S. Yediyurappa
Preceded byR. B. Timmapur
Succeeded byArbail Shivaram Hebbar
Minister of Higher Education
Government of Karnataka
In office
12 July 2012 – 13 May 2013
Chief MinisterJagadish Shettar
Preceded byV. S. Acharya
Succeeded byR. V. Deshpande
Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
2004
Preceded byC. R. Sageer Ahamed
ConstituencyChikmagalur
Personal details
Born (1967-07-18) 18 July 1967 (age 54)
Chikkamagaluru, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Pallavi
ChildrenSamarth Surya, Sarthak Surya
Websitectravi.org

PoliticsEdit

Ravi is a four-time legislator from Chiikamagaluru assembly seat of Karnataka. He is known for making openly communal statements against Muslims, and has been at the forefront of Hindutva movement in coastal Karnataka.[3]

Early political careerEdit

Ravi was a BJP Karnataka Yuva Morcha (the party Youth Wing) President. Later, Rajnath Singh made him Special Invitee and he went on to become the State General Secretary of the party. He also represented the party in press conferences.[4]

ElectionsEdit

He unsuccessfully contested against C. R. Sageer Ahamed of Congress in 1999 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections. He lost by 982 votes. On 20 August 2019, he was inducted as the Cabinet Minister in the BJP Government Led by B.S. Yediyurappa.[5]

In the 2004 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections, C. T. Ravi defeated C. R. Sageer Ahamed by a margin of more than 25,000 Votes in Chikmagalur, thus marking C. T. Ravi's entry to Karnataka Legislature.[6] Previously he was in Congress party

When Karnataka Legislative Assembly was dissolved in 2007 and Karnataka went to polls in April–May 2008, he was again fielded by BJP from Chikmagalur Constituency and won.[7]

In the recent concluded Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections, C. T. Ravi won from Chikmagalur Constituency with a margin of 10,000+ Votes.[8][9]

Minister For Karnataka governmentEdit

In 2012 he was named Higher Education Minister. In the post he dealt with Dakshina Kannada, Chikkamagaluru district education and other development projects and he is currently serving as the Minister of Tourism and Kannada language in the Fourth B. S. Yeddyurappa ministry and was also Minister of Sports and Youth from 2017 and resigned on 4 October 2020.[10][6]

When addressing party workers in Chikkamagalur, Ravi made derogatory statements. In Kannada, he associated those who resist or do not vote for Modi to a word that belittles women on April 14, 2019. The committee led by State Women's Congress President Dr. B. Pushpa Amarnath complained to the National Commission for Women.[11][12]

Legal proceedingsEdit

2011 land scam caseEdit

An FIR was filed against Ravi by Lokayukta police for allegedly involving in a land scam after a complaint from a municipal councillor. The complainant claimed that Ravi got allotted three civic amenities sites in his wife's name in favour of the Anjaneya Education Society, run by his relatives by giving fake documents for ₹12.09 lakh while the market value was over ₹5 crore.[13] However authorities claimed that there was no education society registered in the name of his wife and he got the land for a school which did not even exist.[14]

The complainant also accused Ravi of getting two other residential sites allotted in his wife's name in Chikamagalur "using his position as an MLA, by adopting backdoor methods".[13]

2012 Disproportionate assets caseEdit

In 2012, a RTI activist A.C. Kumar of Chikkamagaluru filed a private lawsuit blaming Ravi of having assets disproportionally large to his documented revenue sources from 2004 to 2010. He stated that in this period, his known revenue sources were ₹ 49 lakh, while his assets were ₹ 3.18 crore. In 2015, the Supreme Court gave guidelines regulating petitioners to file affidavits in support of their allegations or complaints, Ravi asked the high court to dismiss the whole prosecution on the basis that the petitioner did not file an affidavit.[15] In order to give the petitioner, AC Kumar, a chance to file an affidavit in support of his accusations made against Ravi, the high court sent the case back to the special court.[16][17]

ControversiesEdit

About 30 lecturers staged protest against Ravi in a resort in Yalahanka where Ravi was staying in August 2015 claiming that he had cheated them of their money. The protestors claimed that Ravi who was higher education minister collector money from them promising permanent jobs in aided diploma colleges. They claimed that they had lost both their money and jobs and demanded a refund . They also raised slogans against Ravi. The BJP leaders quickly jolted the protesters inside the resort when they saw media persons approaching.[18]

Hate SpeechesEdit

C T Ravi received a notice from the Election Commission for his 'inflammatory' speech at the Sakleshpur election rally in Hassan district on 6 April 2009.[19]

The Karnataka High Court in March 2018 ordered issuance of notices to Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde and MLA C.T. Ravi alleging that the two BJP leaders made provocative speeches inciting communal violence during November 2017.[20]

Car wreck incidentEdit

Two youngsters were killed and three others were injured when an SUV car in which C.T. Ravi was travelling crashed into two cars parked by the side of the road on Tumakuru district on February 19, 2019. One of the drivers of the cars that were hit claimed that Ravi threatened him.[21] The locals blamed Ravi for the wreck, claiming that he was driving the car himself at a very high speed.[22] Though reports also stated that Ravi was driving the car while drunk, Karnataka BJP's state unit claimed that Ravi was not driving the car.[23] The police booked Ravi's driver on charges of rash and negligent driving. Many locals accused Ravi of not respecting the sentiments of families of the deceased.[22] Relatives and friends of the dead staged a protest against Ravi on the hospital premises demanding justice.[23]

OpinionEdit

Halal foodEdit

Members of the right-wing Hindutva groups in India have protested against the sale of Halal food in India. Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other Hindutva groups were running door to door campaign in Karnataka, asking people not to purchase Halal meat. In March 2022 the Hindutva group Bajrang Dal physically attacked a muslim meat seller, five persons were arrested in the incident. In March 2022, the Hindutva ruling party, BJP national general secretary C. T. Ravi had called halal food as "economic jihad".[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ravi C. T. bio" (PDF). kla.kar.nic.in. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Karnataka Minister C.T. Ravi tenders resignation after appointment as BJP General Secretary". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 4 October 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 November 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Karnataka Minister C.T. Ravi Warns Protesting Muslims of 'Godhra-Like' Situation".
  4. ^ "CT Ravi to look after Karnataka BJP". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  5. ^ "BJP's role will be crucial in Southern States: C.T. Ravi". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 20 October 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 November 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ a b "Karnataka Minister CT Ravi Quits Cabinet Days after Being Appointed BJP General Secretary". News18. 4 October 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Karnataka Legislative Assembly". www.kla.kar.nic.in. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  8. ^ "C.T RAVI(Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)):Constituency- Chikmagalur(CHIKKAMANGALUR) - Affidavit Information of Candidate".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Karnataka BJP cabinet expansion Updates: Governor Vajubhai Vala administers oath to 17 MLAs as ministers - Politics News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Belittling Women: Mahila Congress to file plaint against C T Ravi | Mangaluru News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  12. ^ Bharathi, Vartha. "Case against CT Ravi over derogatory remark belittling women". english.varthabharati.in. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Mangalore Today | Latest headlines of mangalore, udupi - Page FIR-filed-against-BJP-MLA-C-T-Ravi". www.mangaloretoday.com. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Chickmagalur MLA CT Ravi is in land scam - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  15. ^ "HC sends back assests case against Ravi to special court". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Karnataka HC sets aside assets probe ordered against C.T. Ravi". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 6 November 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 January 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. ^ "DA case against CT Ravi: HC remands matter to trial court". Deccan Herald. 6 November 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Bengaluru: MLA C T Ravi accused of collecting money from teachers, cheating". www.daijiworld.com. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  19. ^ "CT Ravi gets EC notice for hate speech". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  20. ^ "Hate speech: Karnataka High Court notice to Anant Hegde, CT Ravi". 9 March 2018.
  21. ^ Bhuvaneshwari, S. (20 February 2019). "Two killed as MLA C.T. Ravi's vehicle rams into cars". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Two killed as BJP MLA CT Ravi's SUV rams into parked car in Karnataka - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  23. ^ a b "2 killed after K'taka BJP MLA CT Ravi's car rams into parked vehicles". The News Minute. 19 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Muslim Meat Seller Attacked as Karnataka Hindutva Groups Now Train Focus on 'Halal' Meat". The Wire. Retrieved 1 April 2022.

External linksEdit

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