Deve Gowda


Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda (born 18 May 1933 to Shri Dodde Gowda and Smt. Devamma in Haradanahalli, a village in Holenarasipura taluk) is an Indian politician who served as the 11th Prime Minister of India from 1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997. He was previously the 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha and is the National President of the Janata Das (Secular) Party.

Elected From Hassan.

Education– Diploma in Civil Engineering educated at Smt. L.V.Polytechnic, Hassan

Positions Held

1962-1989 Member-Karnataka Legislative Assembly (7 times)
1972-1976 Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
1983-1988 Minister for Public Works and Irrigation, Government of Karnataka
1991 Elected to 10th Lok Sabha
1994-1994 Member-Committee on Commerce, Member-Joint Parliamentary Committee on Fertilizers, Member-Consultative Committee, Ministry of Agriculture
1994 President, Janata Dal, Karnataka
1994-1996 Chief Minister of Karnataka
Jun, 1996-April, 1997 Prime Minister of India and also in charge of Ministries/Departments of Petroleum and Chemicals, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy, Home Affairs, Agriculture, Food Processing Industries, Urban Affairs and Employment and Non-conventional Energy Sources.
1996-1998 Member, Rajya Sabha
Nov. 1996 – Apr. 1997 Leader of the House, Rajya Sabha
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term), National President, Janata Dal (S)
2002 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha in a by-election (3rd term)
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term)
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (5th term)
31.08.2009 Member, Committee on Defence
2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (6th term)
01.09.2014 Member, Standing Committee on Defence.

Participated in the freedom struggle as a student leader; Member, Indian National Congress, 1952-62; imprisoned under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) during Emergency 1976; Member, (i) Taluk Development Board; and (ii) Co-operative Societies. Special Interests : Agriculture and horticulture
Favourite Pastimes  and Recreation: Reading
Countries Visited : Widely travelled; as Minister, Chief Minister, Prime Minister and as a Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegations, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, London.