D.B. Chandre Gowda, one of the senior politicians of Karnataka, passed away at his residence at Daradahalli in Mudigere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district in the early hours of Tuesday, November 7, 2023. He was 87. He had a political career spanning over five decades in different political parties.
Mr. Chandre Gowda is survived by his wife, B.S. Poorna, and four daughters. Mr. Chandre Gowda, an advocate by profession, entered electoral politics in 1971. He has the distinction of being elected to the two Houses of the State legislature and the two Houses of Parliament. He was the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly as well (1983-85).
He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1971 from Chikkamagaluru as a Congress candidate. During his second term, he resigned as a member so that the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi could contest from Chikkamagaluru and re-enter Parliament in 1978, in the post-Emergency scenario.
Later, Mr. Chandre Gowda entered the Legislative Council and became a member of the D. Devaraj Urs Cabinet. He was elected to the Assembly from Tirthahalli (1983 and 1989) and Sringeri (1999). He served as Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the S.M. Krishna-led Congress government. He joined the BJP and got elected to Parliament from the Bengaluru North constituency in 2009. He also served as a member of the Rajya Sabha (1986-89).
The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, the former Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar, and several others paid their homage to Mr. Chandre Gowda at his residence.
MLA for Mudigere Nayana Motamma, her mother and former Minister Motamma, the former Minister Kimmane Ratnakar, and the former Legislator Mukhyamantri Chandru were among those who paid their respects to the departed leader.
Mr. Chandre Gowda’s mortal remains were kept at Adyanthaya Ranga Mandir at Mudigere for the public to pay homage. In the evening, the mortal remains were shifted to his estate, Poornachandra, at Daradahalli.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Shobha Karandlaje, and a few other senior leaders are expected to attend the final rites, which will be conducted with police honours, at the estate on Wednesday afternoon.