May 27, 2014


Sadananda Gowda was born to Sri Venkappa Gowda and Smt Kamala, on 18th March 1953 at Devaragunda, in a backward village Mandekolu in Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada district.

He completed his High School education at Board High School, Sullia and graduated in B.Sc. from St.Pilomena’s College, Puttur. He obtained his degree in Law from Vaikunta Baliga College of Law . As a student, he was very active in student Union activities and was known for his oratory skills. He became General Secretary of the Student Union of the Law College. Subsequently he became the District General Secretary of ABVP.

In 1976, he started practicing law both at Sullia and Puttur. He was a Public Prosecutor for a brief period in Sirsi, Uttara Kannada District, but resigned his job to concentrate on social service and political career.

He began his political career as a member of the Jan Sangh. He was President of the party’s Sullia 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).

He was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1994 and 1999 from the Puttur Assembly Constituency 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, 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 Constituency, defeating Sri Veerappa Moily of the Indian National Congress by a margin of 32,314 votes. In 2009, the party shifted him to 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 the 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.

He was chosen as the Chief Minister of Karnataka in Augsut 2011 following the resignation of his mentor Shri B.S.Yeddyurappa. 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.

2013 Assembly Elections

After suffering big loss in May 2013 elections, BJP elected D.V.Sadananda Gowda as the opposition leader of legislative council in Karnataka.

Co-operative field

Sadananda Gowda has served in the Co-operative movement in Karnataka in various capacities. He was the Vice President of SCDCC Bank, Mangalore. Director, SKACM Society, Mangalore, President PLD Bank Sullia and also he has served as the Director CAMPCO, Mangalore from 1991 to 1994. President, Mandekolu S.C.Society, Mandekolu, Sullia and as the Member, State PLD Bank Staff Selection Committee in the year 1989-90.

Labour movement

Sadananda Gowda has worked for the labour movement being the General Secretary of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Puttur Division and President of Sullia Taluk Auto Ricksaw Dirvers and Owners Union.
Family and personal life

Sadananda Gowda is married to Datty and has a son, Karthik Gowda who is an Engineer. His elder son, Kaushik Gowda, who was 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.

Positions held

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

Railway alarm for new govt

Just a few hours before the Narendra Modi government took charge on Monday, there was yet another train accident in which 14 people were killed and more than 100 injured.

A “speeding” passenger train derailed and hit a stationary train at a railway station in Uttar Pradesh, exposing the lack of safety measures in the Railways.

(According to a statement from the UP Home Department in Lucknow, at least 40 people were feared killed in the accident, PTI said.)

The Gorakhpur-bound Gorakhdham Express from Delhi hit the stationary goods train at Chureb railway station, about 225 km from Lucknow, on Monday morning. The incident highlights the area on which the new government should focus to improve safety conditions.

District Magistrate Bharat Lal told Deccan Herald that 11 bodies have been recovered so far and the toll could go up as more bodies could be there in the mangled coaches, he added.

Officials said efforts were on to extricate the remaining bodies from the mangled coaches.
Chief medical officer Dr Badri Vishal said 90 people were receiving treatment at the district hospital. “Fourteen people, who were seriously injured, have been shifted to a medical college at Gorakhpur,” he added.

There were conflicting reports about the cause of the mishap. The railway officials claimed that the train derailed at the outer signal of Chureb station and then rammed into the goods train, which was on another track.

Eyewitnesses, however, did not talk about a derailment and said the “speeding train rammed into the goods train”.

The station master at Chureb, D D Pandey, reportedly fled from the office immediately after the collision and is untraceable, sources said. An inquiry has been ordered into the mishap.

The impact of the collision was such that the passenger train’s engine was crushed while the general coach just behind the engine plunged on top of the goods train. Cranes were pressed into service to pull it down. In all, five general coaches and a second AC coach were badly damaged.

Most of the injured were residents of eastern UP districts of Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria and nearby districts in Bihar. They were admitted to hospitals in Gorakhpur, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar.

The Railways announced an ex gratia compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured.

Senior officials were camping at the spot to supervise the rescue operations. Relief trains were rushed from Gorakhpur and Gonda and the stranded passengers were taken to their destination.

Traffic on the section has been badly affected and several long-distance trains were either cancelled or diverted. Officials said the track was likely to be cleared by Tuesday.
Source-deccan herald





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