S. Muniswamy is an Indian politician, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, and an agriculturist. He started his career with the gram panchayat election and within 15 years became a member of the lower house of the Parliament. In 2019, he became the first corporator of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) who won in the Lok Sabha elections.
S. Muniswamy was born on Wednesday, 16 April 1975 (age 48 years; as of 2023) in Yalavaguli village, Tekal, Malur Taluk of Kolar District, Karnataka. His zodiac sign is Aries. After completing his primary education, he pursued a pre-university course (equivalent to 12th class in Karnataka) at Government Pre-University College Kadugodi in 1996. He enrolled in LLB at V.V. Puram Law College, Bangalore, Karnataka, but left it in the middle of the course.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
S. Muniswamy’s father, Sadappa Muniswamy, and his mother, Gowramma, both were agriculturists. There is no information about Muniswamy’s siblings.
Wife & Children
S.Muniswamy got married to Shylaja on 16 December. The couple has two children, a daughter, Vaishnavi, and a son, Harshith.
S. Muniswamy follows Hinduism.
S. Muniswamy belongs to a scheduled caste in Karnataka.
S. Muniswamy’s permanent address is #180, Muniswamy Road, 1ST Main Road, Belatur Colony, Kadugodi Post, Bengaluru-560067
After becoming an MP in 2019, S.Muniswamy shifted to 160, South Avenue, New Delhi-110011
In 1999, S. Muniswamy contested the gram panchayat election but he lost. He then contested from Seegehalli panchayat in 2004 which he won; he also served as vice president of the Seegehalli panchayat. At that time, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In 2015, S. Muniswamy contested from the 83 Kudugodi ward as a BJP candidate; he won with a total count of 8590 votes and became a corporator. In 2018, Muniswamy was BJP’s candidate for the mayoral election of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP); he lost against Sampath Raju of the Indian National Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (INC-JDS).
In 2019, BJP declared him a candidate from the Kolar constituency for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Kolar’s 30% population belongs to the scheduled caste hence this seat was reserved for the scheduled caste. Muniswamy’s opponent was KH Muniyappa of Congress, a seven-time member of the Parliament from the Kolar constituency and former railway minister. Muniswamy emerged as the dark horse, defeating Muniyappa by a huge margin of more than one lakh votes; with this, he became the first corporator of BBMP to become a member of the lower house of the Parliament.
On 13 September 2019, he became a member of the Standing Committee on Coal, Mines and Steel and in 2023, he became a member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
- 2 charges related to Punishment for wrongful restraint (IPC Section-341)
- 1 charge related to Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (IPC Section-34)
- 1 charge related to Punishment for Being a member of an unlawful assembly (IPC Section-143)
- 1 charge related to Punishment for Rioting (IPC Section-147)
- 1 charge related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of the offence committed in prosecution of a common object (IPC Section-149)
- 1 charge related to Danger or obstruction in a public way or line of navigation (IPC Section-283)
Lashed out on a woman on Women’s Day
On 8 March 2023, S. Muniswamy came under fire for his regressive remarks. On a women’s day event he was inspecting stalls in an exhibition when he lashed out at the owner of a clothing stall, he said,
Who allowed you to put up this stall? Where is your bindi? Your husband is still alive, isn’t he? No Common Sense!”
This incident drew huge criticism from the opposition party members. Later, BJP issued a statement citing that it was Muniswamy’s personal opinion and party has nothing to do with such views.
FIR for Assaulting and Abusing a woman
In January 2018, Muniswamy came to know that a few people are involved in encroaching on the government land. He took cognisance of the issue and went to Sidharthanagar of Kadugodi, Bengaluru, where he got into a quarrel with a woman. After the incident, the woman filed an FIR against Muniswamy alleging abuse and an attempt to harass her.
S. Muniswamy owns a Honda Dio scooter which he bought in 2018.
S. Muniswamy owns a Mahindra Scorpio which he bought in 2005.
Assets & Properties
- Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Companies: Rs 6,00,000
- LIC or other insurance Policies: Rs 5,00,000
- Personal loans/advance given: Rs 13,60,000
- Motor Vehicles: Rs 9,70,000
- Agricultural Land: Rs 8,60,00,000
S. Muniswamy’s net worth for the financial year 2019-2020 was estimated to be Rs 8,39,20,000. It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents.
- According to data, In 2019-2020, S. Muniswamy got Rs. 2.50 Cr under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) and his expenditure was around Rs 4.45 Cr. He recommended 80 works of which only 50 were completed. In financial years 2021-22 and 2022-23, he got Rs 2.5 Cr and Rs 2 Cr respectively of which his expenditure is zero as of March 2023.
- S. Muniswamy’s highest attendance in the Parliament was 100% in the Monsoon session 2020, and the lowest in the Budget session 2023 i.e., 12%. His total attendance from June 2019 to April 2023 is 70% whereas the national average is 79%.
- He hit the headlines when he denied to resign as a corporator despite being elected as an MP. In an interview, he said,
There is no rule that prevents an MP (member of Parliament) from holding on to the post of corporator. I need not resign as a corporator. I will only stop accepting allowances that I used to get as a corporator.”
- Mahadevapura MLA Arvind Limbavali was impressed with the work of Muniswamy as a member of the gram panchayat. He made him join the Bharatiya Janata Party.
- S. Muniswamy is the founding president of the Karnataka Janandolana Sanghatane.