Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah and KPCC President G Parameshwar were present at the ceremony when Gowda submitted his nomination papers. Election in Rajya Sabha will be held on June 19, 2014.
After filing his nomination papers, Prof Gowda said, "I am thankful to the Congress for giving me an opportunity to serve Bengaluru, Karnataka and India. Creating opportunities for the youth, making ‘Namma Railu' a reality and safety of women are high on my agenda."
Continuing his statement, he also added, "Through this nomination, I will work hard to serve my people and give back maximum to the state and the city I grew up in and be a part of a constructive opposition in parliament."
Who is Rajeev Gowda?
Prof Gowda has a PhD in Public Policy from the Wharton School and spent many years teaching in the United States. He has been at IIM Bangalore since 2000, was Chair of the Centre for Public Policy and launched the India - Women in Leadership programme. He also serves as a Director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India since 2011.
Since 2013, he has been the face of the Congress from Karnataka in the national media. He has deep Congress roots and is from a family of freedom fighters. His father M V Venkatappa was the Speaker during the SM Krishna government. His late uncle MV Krishnappa was a Union Minister who also founded the dairy movement in Karnataka.
Prof Gowda has always been inclined towards the ideology of the Indian National Congress. In his college days, he was the Vice President of Student Union (Elected) at St Josephs college, Bangalore. He contested in the Primaries for Bangalore North parliamentary constituency in March this year. Currently, he is the spokesperson of AICC.