Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda is the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers in the Government of India in the Second Modi Ministry representing the Bangalore North constituency. He had also been Karnataka CM.
He as previously served as the Minister of Law and Justice, having been shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the Cabinet reshuffle of 2016. At the end of the previous Lok Sabha, he was the Minister of Statistics and Planning.
Gowda was born in 1953 to Venkappa Gowda and Kamala of Mandekolu village in Karnataka. He began his political career as a member of the Jan Sangh. He was President of the party's Sulya Assembly segment. After the split of the Janata Party, he became a member of the BJP. He was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004 from the Mangalore Lok Sabha seat. In Parliament, he was on the Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests. In the 14th Lok Sabha, he was a member of the Committee on Commerce.
He was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Udupi before he became the Chief Minister of Karnataka. As Chief Minister, he tried to improve his party's image. In July 2012, he was asked to make way for Jagadish Shettar when dissident activities in the party peaked. After May 2013 elections, he was elected the Opposition leader of the legislative council in Karnataka.
On May 26, 2014, Gowda was sworn in as a Cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's newly elected government. He was put in charge of the Ministry of Railways. He presented his maiden budget on 8 July 2014.
On May 30, 2019, he was sworn in as a Cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term government.