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Karnataka cabinet: GT Devegowda’s profile
Name : G T Devegowda
Portfolio: Higher Education
Party : JD(S)
Age : 67
Spouse : K Lalitha
Birth place: Gungaralu Chatra
Father : Thimmegowda
Mother : NA
Education : 8th pass
G T Deve Gowda's Political journey:
- A senior politician who has been in the field since 1971, a three time MLA and a progressive farmer, who has served in the co-operative sector and as co-operation minister, is 66-year-old G.T. Devegowda.
- Devegowda is a former minister and a three-time MLA from Hunsur and Chamundeshwari. He swept the seat winning 61,351 votes as opposed to Siddaramaiah who managed only 37,279 votes.
- He started his political career as Secretary of the Agricultural Primary Co-operative Society in the 1970s.
- He was first seen in the political sphere when he supported the then Congress candidate Kempere Gowda in the 1978 polls.
- GT Devegowda then contested assembly elections and won from Hunsur in 2004.
- He, however, lost the parliamentary elections to Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar by a narrow margin in the same year.
- Devegowda joined the BJP in 2007. However, he shifted to the JD(S) in 2013 and won the Chamundeshwari seat.