Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 18 March 1953) is an Indian politician who was the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Statistics, Programme Implementation of India in the Second Modi ministry, 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.
|Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers|
14 November 2018 – 7 July 2021 
|President||Ram Nath Kovind|
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Ananth Kumar|
|Succeeded by||Mansukh L. Mandaviya|
|Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation|
5 July 2016 – 24 May 2019
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||V. K. Singh|
|Succeeded by||Rao Inderjit Singh|
|Minister of Law and Justice|
9 November 2014 – 5 July 2016
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Ravi Shankar Prasad|
|Succeeded by||Ravi Shankar Prasad|
|Minister of Railways|
26 May 2014 – 9 November 2014
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Mallikarjun Kharge|
|Succeeded by||Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Assumed office |
5 June 2014
|Preceded by||D. B. Chandre Gowda|
22 May 2009 – 4 August 2011
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Succeeded by||K. Jayaprakash Hegde|
17 May 2004 – 22 May 2009
|Preceded by||V. Dhananjay Kumar|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Council|
23 May 2013 – 26 May 2014
|Preceded by||S. R. Patil, INC|
|Succeeded by||K. S. Eshwarappa, BJP|
|20th Chief Minister of Karnataka|
4 August 2011 – 11 July 2012
|Preceded by||B. S. Yeddyurappa|
|Succeeded by||Jagadish Shettar|
|President of BJP, Karnataka|
|Succeeded by||K. S. Eshwarappa|
|Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly|
|Preceded by||Vinay Kumar Sorake|
|Succeeded by||Shakunthala T. Shetty|
Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda
18 March 1953
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Alma mater||St. Philomena's College, Puttur|
Vaikunta Baliga College of Law
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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 8 July 2014.
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
Sadanada Gowda has served in the Co-operative Movement in Karnataka in various capacities:
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.
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.
- 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
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