India, July 8 -- Shobha Karandlaje, a Member of Parliament from Karnataka's Udupi-Chikmagalur who was inducted into the Union council of ministers on Wednesday, is a former Karnataka minister. She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1996 and served as a member of the state legislative council before getting elected as a lawmaker in 2008.

A postgraduate in sociology, Karandlaje, who has been named as Union minister of state for agriculture and farmers welfare, is considered to be a close aide to Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa.

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Karandlaje has been known for her controversial statements. In July 2017, she submitted a list to the central governme...