Constituency: Bangalore North
Born Name: Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda
Date of Birthday: 18 Mar 1953
Place of Birth: Devaragunda Distt. Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
Political party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Educational Qualifications: B.Sc., L.L. B.
Educated at: St. Phelomena College, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka and Vaikunta Baliga Law Collge, Udupi, Karnataka
Profession: Advocate, Agriculturist
Marital Status: Married
Date of Marriage: 06 May 1980
Spouse's Name: Smt. Datty Sadananda
Children: Karthik Gowda, Kaushik Gowda
Parents: Shri Venkappa Gowda, Smt. Kamala
Permanent Address: No.186, 12th Cross, 2nd Main HIG Colony, RMV 2nd Stage, New Bel Road - 560094, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Official Website: sadanandagowda.com
Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 18 March 1953), is an Indian politician who served as the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers of India in the Second Modi ministry from 14 November 2018 to 7 July 2021. He also Served as the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation of India from 5 July 2016 to 24 May 2019 in the First Modi ministry. He is representing the Bangalore North constituency. He also held Ministry of Railways and other cabinet positions in the First Modi ministry. He also served as the 20th Chief Minister of Karnataka.
He previously served as the Minister of Law and Justice, having been shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016. At the end of the previous Lok Sabha, he was the Minister of Statistics and Program Implementation. He then stepped down from his post of Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers ahead of the cabinet reshuffle in July 2021.
Sadananda Gowda was born in a Tulu Gowda family of Venkappa Gowda and Kamala in Mandekolu village of Sulya taluk in Karnataka.
Gowda graduated in Science from Saint Philomena College, Puttur and went on to obtain his degree in law at Udupi's Vaikunta Baliga College of Law. He became active in student politics during this period and was elected General Secretary of the Students Union of the Law College. Subsequently, he became the District General Secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
In 1976, he started practising law at both Sulya and Puttur. He was a public prosecutor for a brief period at Sirsi in the District of Uttara Kannada but resigned from his position to concentrate on his political career.
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)
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.
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).
Karnataka Legislative Assembly
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.
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 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.
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.
After suffering a big loss in the May 2013 elections, BJP elected DV Sadananda Gowda as the opposition leader of legislative council in Karnataka.
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 8 July 2014.
Cabinet minister in Modi's second term government
On 30 May 2019, Sadananda Gowda was sworn in as a cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term government. He is put in charge of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. He then stepped down from his post of Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers as directed by the prime minister ahead of the cabinet reshuffle in July 2021
As part of the #Metoo movement, a former BJP Mahila Morcha member accused Gowda in 2018 of inappropriately behaving with her when Gowda was Karnataka's chief minister. She claimed that Gowda would constantly call her and invite her to meet him at his office and have lunch with him. She also claimed that Gowda touched her body parts and attempted to make physical contact with her in a variety of ways. Gowda said that he was not the CM during that period and said "Everyone knows how I am and what I am. I do not want to say anything about this to anyone right now."
A video clip purportedly showing Gowda in a sexually compromising position with an unidentified woman over a video call went viral on social media in September 2021. Gowda said that he has lodged a police complaint and alleged that the “fake, fabricated, concocted” video was “politically motivated” and said that it was created to tarnish his image.
- 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 Central Railway Minister
- 2015–2016 Cabinet Minister-Law & justice
- 2016– Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation
- 2019–2021 Elected to 17th Lok Sabha from Bangalore North and took oath as Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
Sadananda Gowda married Datty Sadananda in 1981, with whom he had two sons. In 2003, their elder son Kaushik, a medical student, died in a road accident near Puttur. Their younger son, Karthik Gowda, is a businessman.
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