D. B. Chandregowda

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D. B. Chandregowda
Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Karnataka
In office
21 January 1996 – 27 May 2004
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byH. K. Patil
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
2009 - 2014
Preceded byH. T. Sangliana
Succeeded byD. V. Sadananda Gowda
ConstituencyBangalore North
Personal details
Daradahalli Byregowda Chandregowda

(1936-08-26) 26 August 1936 (age 85)
Spouse(s)Poornachandre Gowda

Daradahalli Byregowda Chandregowda (born 26 August 1936), is a former Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly, three-term MLA, one-term MLC, and Member of Parliament—three-term from Lok Sabha and one-term from Rajya sabha.[1][2]

He worked as Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs in Government of Karnataka representing several political parties in his long political career – Praja Socialist Party, Janata Dal, Congress, and Bharatiya Janata Party.[1][2]


He was born at Daradahalli of Mudigere Taluk, Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka on 26 August 1936 to D. A. Byre Gowda and Puttamma. He did his BSc education from Renukacharya College, Bangalore and LLB from R. L. Law College, Belgaum. He married Purna Chandre Gowda on 22 May 1966 and were blessed with four daughters.[1][2]

He learnt his leadership skills paving the way for a long political career during his college days; he was elected as Vice-president of Renukacharya college students association. While at R. L. Law College, he became the General secretary of the R.L. Law College. He was in the Praja Socialist Party till 1967. In 1971, he got elected to 5th Lok Sabha from Chikmagalur constituency representing INC – Congress party.[3] He was re-elected to 6th Lok Sabha from Chikmagalur, but vacated his seat later to allow Indira Gandhi to contest and win the election from there.

Between 1978 and 1983, he became a member of Karnataka Legislative Council and worked as Cabinet minister in Government of Karnataka from 1979 to 1980. In 1980, he resigned Congress and joined Karnataka Kranti Ranga, became President of Karnataka State Congress (U), and served as Leader of opposition in Karnataka Legislative Council from 1980 to 1981.[1][2]

He entered into Karnataka Legislative Assembly as M.L.A in 1983 representing Thirthahalli constituency and served as Speaker in Legislative Assembly from 1983 to 1985. In 1986, he was elected as Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha representing Janata Dal political party. In 1989, he was re-elected as M.L.A from Thirthahalli constituency and became the Leader of opposition. In 1999, he was elected third-term as M.L.A representing Shringeri constituency and became Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs until 2004.[1][2][4]

In 2008, he resigned Congress and joined BJP; subsequently, he came Member of Parliament in 15th Lok Sabha representing Bangalore North from BJP in 2009.[5][6][7] In 2011, he also entered Silver screen by acting Kannada film Nanna Gopala, produced and directed by writer "Lakshman".[8]

He was a member of—Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice; Committee on Subordinate Legislation; and Committee on members of parliament Local Area Development Scheme from 2009.[1][2]

Elections Contested[edit]

  • 1971 : Lok Sabha member from Chikmagalur (Congress)
  • 1977 : Lok Sabha member from Chikmagalur (Congress)
    • Resigned in 1978 to allow Indira Gandhi to contest and enter Lok Sabha
  • 1978-1983 : MLC in Karnataka Legislative Council (Congress)
    • Left Congress to join Karnataka Kranti Ranga of Devaraj Urs
  • 1983-1985 : M.L.A in 1983 representing Thirthahalli constituency (Janata Party)
  • 1986 : Rajya Sabha MP (Janata Party, later renamed Janata Dal)
  • 1989 : Karnataka Assembly member representing Thirthahalli constituency (Janata Dal)
  • 1999 : M.L.A representing Shringeri (Congress)
  • 2009 : Lok Sabha member from Bangalore (North) for BJP .


An autobiography of D.B. Chandre Gowda with name Poornachandra was released on occasion of his 75th birthday by D. V. Sadananda Gowda, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, and B. S. Yeddyurappa, current Chief Minister of Karnataka.[9][10] Speaking on the occasion B. S. Yeddyurappa said:

I have seen him closely. Self-confidence and stability are his virtues.[9]

D. V. Sadananda Gowda calling him as his friend, philosopher, and guide said:

This book is not really required to be read, as a look at Gowda's personality and deeds are enough to know all about him. There are those who dream, and those who strive to make that dream a reality. Gowda has always tried to do that. As a Law Minister, his invaluable inputs to me contributed to what I am today.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Fifteenth Lok Sabha – Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha Secretariat. Archived from the original on 1 January 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. Gowda,Shri Chandre D.B.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Detailed Profile: Shri Chandre D.B. Gowda". india.gov.in. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  3. "STATISTICAL REPORT – GENERAL ELECTIONS, 1971 – THE FIFTH LOK SABH" (PDF). NY Times Co. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 19. CHIKMAGALUR  – D. B. CHANDRE GOWDA – INC
  4. "List of Current Members of Rajya Sabha (Term Wise) – Members With 1 Term(s)". Rajya Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 313.Gowda Shri D. B. Chandre – Karnataka – JD – 03/04/1986 – 02/04/1992 – 14/12/1989
  5. "CHANDRE GOWDA JOINS BJP". ananth.org. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2012. The BJP in Karnataka got a major boost for its electoral prospects in the 2009 general elections with many prominent Congress leaders joining the party deserting the sinking Congress ship – Former minister and senior Congress leader Sri D B Chandre Gowda, former MLA Sri L R Shivarame Gowda, former minister Sri H C Sreekantaiah, Sri H N Purushotham, son of former Minister H N Nanje Gowda were the prominent leaders who joined the BJP along with their large number of supporters.
  6. "Chandre D.b. Gowda – Voting statistics – General elections 2008". Nnetapedia.in. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  7. "Chandre Gowda comes out in defence of Speaker Bopaiah". The Hindu. 8 June 2011. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2012. D.B. Chandre Gowda, Bharatiya Janata Party MP representing Bangalore North
  8. "DB Chandre Gowda to star in Nanna Gopala". entertainment.oneindia.in. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2012. Member of Parliament DB Chandre Gowda of BJP is appearing on the silver screen for the first time along with Congress I MLC Motamma, Justice AJ Sadashiva, and Prof. Doddarange Gowda.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Chandre Gowdas autobiography released". ibnlive.in.com. 30 December 2011. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2012. Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday released 'Poornachandra', the autobiography of BJP MP D B Chandre Gowda (DBC) on the occasion of the latter's 75th birthday. The book traces the political career of Chandre Gowda spanning several decades.
  10. "Election campaign committee headship for Yeddyurappa?". thehindu.com. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012. Former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at a 75th birth celebrations of Member of Parliament D.B. Chandre Gowda and release of Chandregowda's biography 'Poornachandra'

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