D. V. Sadananda Gowda
|Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda|
|Union Railway Minister|
26 May 2014
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Mallikarjun Kharge|
|20th Chief Minister of Karnataka|
4 August 2011 – 12 July 2012
|Preceded by||B. S. Yeddyurappa|
|Succeeded by||Jagadish Shettar|
19 March 1953 [|
Sulya, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
|Children||1 son, another son expired in an accident|
|As of 26 May, 2014|
Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 19 March 1953) is an Indian politician who was the 20th Chief Minister of Karnataka and is currently the Minister of Railways in the Government of India. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing the Bangalore North constituency. He was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 4 August 2011 following the resignation of B. S. Yeddyurappa. He earned national prominence as the President of the Karnataka unit of Bharatiya Janata Party when the BJP won an assembly election for the first time in South India in May 2008. He resigned as Chief Minister on 8 July 2012 to make way for Jagadish Shettar, as per the direction of the BJP's Central Committee.
Gowda graduated in Science from the St. Philomena College, Puttur and then went on to obtain his degree in law at Udupi Vaikunta Baliga College of Law. He became active in student politics during this period and was elected as the General Secretary of the Students Union of the Law College. Subsequently, he became the District General Secretary of the ABVP
In 1976, he started practising law at both Sulya and Puttur. He was a public prosecutor for a brief period in Sirsi in Uttara Kannada district but resigned his job to concentrate on his political career.
He began his political career as a member of the Jan Sangh. He was President of the party's Sulya Assembly segment. After the split of the Janata Party, he became a member of the BJP. Later on, he served the BJP as Dakshina Kannada BJP Yuva Morcha President, Dakshina Kannada BJP Vice-President, State BJP Yuva Morcha Secretary (1983–88), State BJP Secretary (2003–04) and National Secretary of the party (2004).
Sadananda Gowda was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1994 and 1999 from the Puttur Assembly seat in Dakshina Kannada. He became Deputy Leader of the Opposition in his second term as MLA. He has served in various committees of the Karanataka State legislature including the Cell for preparing Draft Bill on prohibiting Atrocities on Women, Karnataka, the Committee of Energy, Fuel and Power, and the Committee for Public Undertaking. He was nominated as the President of the Public Accounts Committee in 2003.
He was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004 from the Mangalore Lok Sabha seat,defeating Veerappa Moily of the Indian National Congress by a margin of 32,314 votes. In 2009, the party shifted him to the Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency. In parliament, he was on the Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests. In the 14th Lok Sabha, he was a member of the Committee on Commerce. Government of India had appointed him as Director of Coffee Board during January 2005.
In 2006, Sadananda Gowda was appointed as President of Karnataka State BJP. He earned National prominence being the President when BJP won an assembly election for the first time in South India in May 2008.
He was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Udupi Chikmagalur Constituency before he became the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Sadananda Gowda was chosen as the Chief Minister of Karnataka in August 2011 following the resignation of his mentor B.S. Yeddyurappa in an illegal mining case. Handpicked by Yeddyurappa, he was the second ethnic Tuluva Chief Minister of Karnataka after Veerappa Moily. As Chief minister, he strived hard to improve the image of his party that had been tarnished due to allegations of corruption. He introduced various schemes such as Sakaala, aimed at providing time bound services at government offices. But within a few months of becoming Chief Minister, he fell out with Yeddyurappa and was unable to unite the various factions of the party. In July 2012, he was asked to resign to make way for Jagadish Shettar when dissident activities in the party peaked.
On 26 May 2014, Sadananda Gowda was sworn in as a cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's newly elected government. He was put in charge of the Ministry of Railways. He presented his maiden budget on 8th of July 2014. 
Sadanada Gowda has served in the Co-operative Movement in Karnataka in various capacities:
- Vice-President of SCDCC Bank, Mangalore
- Director, SKACM Society, Mangalore
- President Sullia PLD Bank, Sullia
- Director, CAMPCO, Mangalore (1991–94)
- President, Mandekolu S.C.Society, Mandekolu, Sullia
- Member, State PLD Bank staff Selection Committee (1989–90)
Sadanada Gowda has worked for the labour movement being the General Secretary of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Puttur Division and President of Sullia Taluk Auto Rickshaw Drivers and Owners Union.
Family and personal life
Sadananda Gowda is married to Datty Sadananda and has a son, Karthik Gowda who is an engineer. His elder son, Kaushik Gowda, who was a medical student, died in a road accident near Puttur in 2003. He is interested in Yakshagana, Folk Arts of Dakshina Kannada and also in Shuttle Badminton and Tennis.
- 1983–1988 State Secretary, BJP Yuva Morcha, Karnataka
- 1994–2004 Member, Karnataka Legislative Assembly (two terms)
- 1995–1996 Member, Cell for preparing Draft Bill on Prohibiting atrocities on Women, Government of Karnataka
- 1999–2004 Deputy Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
- 1999–2001 Member, Committee on Commerce
- 2001–2002 Member, Committee for Energy, Fuel & Power, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
- 2002–2003 Member, Public Undertaking Committee, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
- 2003–2004 President, Public Accounts Committee, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
- 2004 Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
- 2006–2010 State President, BJP, Karnataka
- 2006–2009 Member, Committee on Commerce
- 2006–onwards Member, Sub-committee of the Department Related Parliamentary standing Committee on Commerce for Special Economic Zones
- 2009 Elected to 15th Lok Sabha
- 2011–2012 Elected as 20th Chief minister of Karnataka
- 2013 Elected as the leader of opposition of Karnataka legislative council
- 2014 Elected to 16th Lok Sabha from Bangalore North and took oath as Railway Minister.
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B. S. Yeddyurappa
|Chief Minister of Karnataka
4 August 2011 – 12 July 2012