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H.D. Devegowda was the 11th Prime Minister of India and 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka. He served as the Prime Minster in the year 1996-97 and Chief Minister in the year 1994-96. He contested for the Karnataka State Assembly elections for the first time in 1962. He became the prime minister of India in 1996 on behalf of the United Front. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha, representing the Hassan constituency of Karnataka, and is the National President of the Janata Dal (Secular) party.
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H D Devegowda
Date of Birth
18 May 1933 (Age 86)
Place of Birth
Holenarsipura, Distt. Hassan (Karnataka)
Janata Dal (samajwadi)
AgriculturistEngineer, Farmer, Social Worker
Shri H.D. Deve Gowda is well known for listening patiently to every class of society and was thus called the 'Son of the Soil'.
During his working days, he was also engaged in reading books in the library of the Legislative Assembly.
Apart from this, he is popular for performing and maintaining the reputation and dignity of the Parliament.
With his power and trust among people, he was again re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (6th term). On 6th Sep 2014, he became the member of Standing Committee on Defence
Once again he was reelected to 15th Lok sabha for 5th Time. On 31st August He became the member of committee on defence.
He appointed as the Member of Committee on Railways from 2006-2008
He was Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term)
In 1999, many leaders, including Madhu Dandawate, joined the Janata Dal (Secular) faction headed by Deve Gowda, who became the National president of this faction. Also in the same year He was defeated in the 1999 general elections but staged a comeback by winning the Kanakapura By-elections in 2002.
In the 1996 general elections, the Congress party headed by P. V. Narasimha Rao lost decisively but no other party won enough seats to form a government. Also in the same year, He took over as Prime Minister of India on 1 June 1996 and continued until 11 April 1997. He also took 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
In January 1995, Gowda toured Switzerland and attended the Forum of International Economists. His tour to Singapore brought in foreign investment to the State
He became President of the state unit of Janata Dal in 1994 and was the driving force behind the victory of the party in the 1994 State Assembly elections. He was elected from the Ramanagara sworn in as the 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka in December.
He served as a minister in the Janata Party Government in Karnataka headed by Ramakrishna Hegde from 1983 to 1988.
During the Emergency (1975–77), he was imprisoned in the Bangalore Central Jail.
He joined the Congress (O) during the Congress split and served as the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly from March 1972 to March 1976 and again from November 1976 to December 1977.
In 1962, Gowda was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Holenarasipura constituency as an independent candidate. Later, he was elected from the same constituency to the Assembly for six consecutive terms from 1962 to 1989.
Gowda joined the Indian National Congress party in 1953 and remained a member until 1962
Gowda earned a diploma in civil engineering from L. V. Polytechnic, Hassan, in the late 1950s.
During 1976, he was imprisoned under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA)
He was a member of Indian National Congress from 1952 to 1962
Net Worth₹3.41 CRORE
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