D. V. Sadananda Gowda

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D. V. Sadananda Gowda
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Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
(Additional Charge)
Assumed office
14 November 2018
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byAnanth Kumar
Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation
Assumed office
5 July 2016
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byV. K. Singh
Minister of Law and Justice
In office
9 November 2014 – 5 July 2016
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byRavi Shankar Prasad
Succeeded byRavi Shankar Prasad
37th Minister of Railways
In office
26 May 2014 – 9 November 2014
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byMallikarjun Kharge
Succeeded bySuresh Prabhakar Prabhu
20th Chief Minister of Karnataka
In office
4 August 2011 – 12 July 2012
Preceded byB. S. Yeddyurappa
Succeeded byJagadish Shettar
Member of parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
May 26, 2014
Preceded byD. B. Chandre Gowda
ConstituencyBangalore North, Karnataka
In office
May 22, 2009 – August 4, 2011
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byK. Jayaprakash Hegde
ConstituencyUdupi-Chikmagalur, Karnataka
In office
May 17, 2004 – May 18, 2009
Preceded byV. Dhananjay Kumar
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
ConstituencyMangalore, Karnataka
Personal details
Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda

(1953-03-18) 18 March 1953 (age 66)
Sullia, Madras State, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Alma materSt. Philomena’s College, Puttur
Vaikunta Baliga College of Law

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 18 March 1953) is an Indian politician and was the 20th Chief Minister of Karnataka and is currently the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in the Government of India. He previously served as Minister of Law and Justice shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016.[1] He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing the Bangalore North constituency.

Early life[edit]

Sadananda Gowda was born in 1953 to Venkappa Gowda and Kamala of Mandekolu Village in Sulya taluk Karnataka.[2][3] His birth village is very close to Kerala border.

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.[4]

Political career[edit]

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 Karnataka 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.[5]

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.[6] In 2009, the party shifted him to the Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency.[7] 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.The 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.[8]

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.[9]

After suffering a big loss in the May 2013 elections, BJP elected DV Sadananda Gowda as the opposition leader of legislative council in Karnataka.[10]

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.[11] He presented his maiden budget on 8 July 2014.


Co-operative field[edit]

Sadanada Gowda has served in the Co-operative Movement in Karnataka in various capacities:

  • Vice-President of SCDCC Bank, Mangalore
  • Director, SKACM Society, Mangalore
  • Director, CAMPCO, Mangalore (1991–94)
  • President, Mandekolu S.C.Society, Mandekolu, Sullia
  • Member, State PLD Bank staff Selection Committee (1989–90)

Labour movement[edit]

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[edit]

Sadananda Gowda is married to Datty Sadananda. The couple were blessed with two sons Kaushik and Karthik. The couple suffered a major tragedy in 2003 when their elder son Kaushik, a medical student, died in a road accident near Puttur.[13] Their younger son, Karthik Gowda, is a businessman. In October 2015, Karthik married Rajashree, the daughter of businessman K. Nanaiah, at a lavish ceremony held in Kodagu, Karnataka.[14]

Sadananda Gowda is interested in Yakshagana and other Folk Arts of Dakshina Kannada. He plays Shuttle Badminton and Tennis.

Positions held[edit]


  1. ^ "Manohar Parrikar gets Defence, Suresh Prabhu Railways, Sadananda Gowda shifted to Law and Justice". CNN IBN. Press Trust of India. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. ^ "I will strive for development of Tulu: Gowda". The Times of India. 24 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Mangalore : D V Sadananda Gowda – Destiny's Child".
  4. ^ About DVS | D V Sadananda Gowda :: Chief Minister of Karnataka
  5. ^ "Lok Sabha Website Detailed Profile: Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda". Archived from the original on 18 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Moily loses to Sadananda Gowda". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 14 May 2004.
  7. ^ "DV Sadananda: The dark horse from the coast".
  8. ^ "Sadananda Gowda, a genial but canny politician".
  9. ^ "BJP latest: Gowda out, Shettar in". 8 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Jagadish Shettar, DV Sadananda Gowda elected opposition leaders". 15 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Narendra Modi government: Full list of portfolios and ministers". The Indian Express. 27 May 2014.
  12. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/article/cheat-sheet/rail-budget-2014-minister-sadananda-gowda-promises-to-take-politics-out-of-railways-554781
  13. ^ "Sadananda Gowda to head State BJP". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 18 March 2006.
  14. ^ Karthik Gowda gets married in lavish multi-crore wedding at Coorg

External links[edit]

Lok Sabha
Preceded by
V. Dhananjay Kumar
Member of Parliament
for Mangalore

2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Constituency ceased to exist
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of Parliament
for Udupi Chikmagalur

2009 – 2012
Succeeded by
K. Jayaprakash Hegde
Preceded by
D. B. Chandre Gowda
Member of Parliament
for Bangalore North

2014 – Present
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
B. S. Yeddyurappa
Chief Minister of Karnataka
4 August 2011 – 12 July 2012
Succeeded by
Jagadish Shettar
Preceded by
Mallikarjun Kharge
Minister of Railways
26 May 2014 - 9 November 2014
Succeeded by
Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
Preceded by
Ravi Shankar Prasad
Minister of Law and Justice
9 November 2014 – 5 July 2016
Succeeded by
Ravi Shankar Prasad
Preceded by
V K Singh
(Minister of State with
Independent charge)
Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation
5 July 2016 - Present
Preceded by
Ananth Kumar
Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
14 November 2018 - Present