Dr. V. S. Acharya is presently Home Minister in Government of Karnataka. Formerly he had served as minister of medical education and animal husbandry. He is sometimes known as V. S. Achar. He is native of Udupi.He is a physician by profession. His father was Katte Vyasa Acharya, a sanskrit scholar. He started his political career in erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh (predecessor of Bharatiya Janata Party). He was elected as a municipal councillor, then as president in Udupi municipal council in 1968. This was first ever win of elected body in south India by Jan Sangh. Udupi municipal council is the local governing body of Udipi town in coastal Karnataka. The BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani has recently told this win in 1968 of Udupi municipal council laid foundation for rule of BJP in south India, particularly state of Karnataka in 2008 AD after forty years. He was elected as a member of the
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