The political landscape of India mourns the loss of veteran politician and former minister D B Chandre Gowda, who passed away at the age of 87. Mr. Gowda’s illustrious political career was marked by his diverse roles, spanning multiple Houses of the legislature and a journey through various political parties. He is most notably remembered for his selfless act of vacating his Lok Sabha seat in 1978, which paved the way for former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to make a remarkable political comeback post the Emergency.
A Diverse Political Journey
Representing All Four Houses
D B Chandre Gowda held the unique distinction of representing all four prominent Houses of the Indian legislature – legislative assembly, council, Lok Sabha, and Rajya Sabha. His political journey traversed through the complexities of Indian democracy, making him a well-respected figure in the nation’s political arena.
A Multifaceted Political Affiliation
Throughout his career, Mr. Gowda was associated with several political parties, showcasing his adaptability and commitment to public service. He was affiliated with parties such as the Praja Socialist Party, Karnataka Kranti Ranga, Janata Party, Janata Dal, Congress, and BJP.
The Turning Point – Indira Gandhi’s Comeback
Sacrificing His Lok Sabha Seat
One of the defining moments in Mr. Gowda’s political legacy was his selfless act in 1978 when he resigned as a Lok Sabha member to create an opening for former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. This allowed her to contest from the Chikkamagaluru Constituency, a move that marked a significant turning point in her political career.
Indira Gandhi’s Resurgence
Indira Gandhi, who had faced a setback in the post-emergency general elections of 1977, successfully contested the Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha by-election in 1978, an event considered crucial for her resurgence in Indian politics. Her victory provided the Congress party with a much-needed boost during that period.
A Distinguished Political Career
Entry into Politics
Mr. Chandre Gowda, a lawyer by profession, entered the realm of politics through the Congress party in 1971. His political journey was marked by multiple successes and noteworthy contributions to the nation.
Multiple Terms in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
He served as a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha thrice and once in the Rajya Sabha. His electoral victories in the Chikkamagaluru Parliamentary Constituency on a Congress ticket in 1971 and 1977 showcased his political acumen.
Diverse Ministerial Roles
Following his selfless act for Indira Gandhi, Mr. Gowda became a Member of the Legislative Council, representing Congress from 1978 to 1983, and later served as a minister in the Devaraj Urs cabinet.
Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly
Mr. Gowda’s political journey took him to the role of the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly from 1983 to 1985. His extensive experience and parliamentary wisdom were evident in this crucial position.
Leader of the Opposition
Notably, he also served as the Leader of the Opposition in both the Legislative Assembly and Council, further underscoring his influence and leadership in the political landscape.