Know more about Media Baron Kartikeya Sharma

41-year-old Sharma was backed by the ruling alliance partners in Haryana, the Bharatiya Janata Party-Jannayak Janta Party (BJP-JJP) Alliance.

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Insight Bureau: The newly-elected Rajya Sabha MP Kartikeya Sharma, whose victory has left the Indian National Congress (INC) stunned, is an entrepreneur from a family with strong ties to Congress.

41-year-old Sharma was backed by the ruling alliance partners in Haryana, the Bharatiya Janata Party-Jannayak Janta Party (BJP-JJP) Alliance.

Sharma is the younger son of the former Union Minister and former Congress leader Venod Sharma.

Brother of Manu Sharma, who was convicted in the Jessica Lal murder case, and the son of Congress’ expelled leader and former Union Minister Venod Sharma, Kartikeya Sharma defeated Congress’ nominee Ajay Maken.

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According to his affidavit, Kartikeya Sharma has assets worth over Rs. 390.63 crore.

A businessman and a media proprietor by profession, he did his B.Sc. (Honours) in Business Management from Oxford University and his Masters in Business Administration from King’s College, London.

Kartikeya Sharma set up the iTV network in 2007 which operates various English and Hindi news channels and vernacular dailies.

He also has stakes in several five-star hotels in Gurugram, Delhi, Chandigarh and Punjab.

Kartikeya Sharma is married to Aishwarya Sharma, the daughter of former Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldeep Sharma.

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