Member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha since July 2014 and a national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress Prof M V Rajeev Gowda presided over Rajya Sabha for the first time as part of panel of Vice-Chairmen, who fill in when Chairman and Deputy Chairman are not present.
Gowda was thrilled to continue his family legacy. He expressed his happiness on Twitter. "A special moment for me as my late father MV Venkatappa was Chairman, Legislative Council & Speaker, Legislative Assembly in Karnataka," he wrote.
Hailing from Karnataka, Gowda was a professor of Economics and Social Sciences. He was the chairperson of the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and taught a range of courses in the institute.
The Rajya Sabha MP also served as the Director of the Central Board, Reserve Bank of India. He is currently the Advisor for Bridge India, a progressive non-profit think tank set up In London in 2018.