Chief Minister

Sri D. V. Sadananda Gowda hails from the Devaragunda family of Mandekolu Village of Sullia Taluk. He was born in the year 1953. Sri Venkappa Gowda and Smt. Kamala were his adored Parents.

Sri D. V. Sadananda Gowda had his earlier education at Keyyur of Puttur Taluk and also in Sullia. He graduated in Science from St. Philomena College, Puttur and then went on to attain his degree in law at Udupi Vaikunta Baliga College of law. During this period he was elected as the General Secretary of the Students Union of the Law College. More over he was very active as the District General Secretary of ABVP.

In 1976, he started practicing law at both Sullia and Puttur. He had a brief stint as a Public Prosecutor at Shirsi, U.K Dist. All through these years he involved himself in public as well as social activities and to pursue the same, he resigned from the Government Post.

In the year 1981, he married Smt.Datty and the couple had a son, Karthik.

Throughout his public life D.V. has actually involved in different fields of social life. The following details would give a birds eyeview of his association in various fields.

Co-operative Field :

D.V. has distinguished himself in various capacities in the Co-operative movement. He was the Vice President of SCDCC Bank, Mangalore. Director, SKACM Society, Mangalore, President Sullia PLD Bank, Sullia and also he has served as the Director, CAMPCO, Mangalore from 1991 to 94. President, Mandekolu S.C.Society, Mandekolu, Sullia and as the Member, State PLD Bank Staff Selection Committee in the year 1989-90.

Labour Movement :

D.V. has endeavoured himself among the working class by actually taking up their just causes. He was the General Secretary of Bharathiya Majdur Sangha of Puttur Division.

President, Sullia Taluk, Auto Ricksha Drivers and Owners Union.

Political Field :

It is the field of politics that D.V. was able to catch the imagination of the whole State. He started his political career as an ordinary member of erstwhile Janasangha.

He worked as the

  • President of BJP, Sullia Constituency.
  • President of BJP Yuva Morcha, D. K Dist.
  • Vice President of BJP, D.K Dist.
  • State Secretary of BJP Yuva Morcha from 1983 to 1988.
  • State Secretary, BJP, Karnataka in the Year 2003-2004.

As MLA :

D. V. having conntested as a candidate in the year 1989, got elected as MLA in the year 1994. Again he retained his seat in 1999. During his second stint he became the Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. During his tenure as MLA fie held different positions such as,

Member of the Cell for preparing Draft Bill on prohibiting Atrocities on Women, Karnataka.

Member of the Committee of Energy, Fuel and Power formed by the speaker of the Legislative Assembly in the year 2001-02.

Member of the Committee for Public Undertaking in the year 2002-03 and in the year 2003-04. He was nominated as the President of the Public Accounts Committee.

He had distributed more than 3,500 Ashraya Houses in his tenure as the Chairman of Ashraya Samithi.

And also he had sanctioned more than 17,000 files to the applicants in his position as the Chairman of Akrama-Sakrama Samithi. Puttur Taluk, Panchayath had ‘won the first place in development ‘works in the state revel during B.J.P Administration under his guidance.

A new feather was added to his cap when he led an agitation for support price of Areca.

As MP:

D.V.’s perserverance finally paid rich dividends. When he got elected as Member of Parliament and also, he is identified as the national leader when he was presented with the responsibility of National Secretary of Bharathiya Janata Party, after he was elected as Member of Parliament. He was given the responsibility to manage the Party Matters relating to Goa State. Govt of India had appointed him as Director of Coffee Board during January 2005. And the BJP made him the State President for Karnataka State during March 2006. His work in bringing unity in the party made him re-elected and took over the charge of State President of BJP during March 2007.

He is interested in Yakshagana, Folk Arts of Dakshina Kannada and also in Shuttle Badminton and Tennis.