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A brief biography
As in 2019, May
Born: March 18, 1953
Gowda, popularly called DVS in his home state of Karnataka, belongs to the Vokkaliga community and, after the death of H N Ananth Kumar, is among the most important BJP leaders from that state. He had a short tenure as chief minister of Karnataka a year between 2011 and 2012).
After his election to the Lok Sabha from Bangalore North, he was inducted in the Union ministry, where he variously held the charges of railways, law and statistics & programme implementation ministries.