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D V Sadananda Gowda is new Karnataka CM

Last updated on: August 3, 2011 15:13 IST

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D V Sadananda Gowda, former president of the Karnataka unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been selected as the next chief minister of the state.

A Member of Parliament, representing the Udupi Chikmagalur constituency, Gowda was pitch-forked into the reckoning as a chief ministerial candidate following the resignation of B S Yeddyruppa as he was seen as a non-controversial candidate.

He is supposed to be a close aide of the outgoing chief minister.

A lawyer by profession, he grew up and did his education in Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district of the state.

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He started his career in politics at a young age beginning as an activist of the party's youth wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

He was also involved in the  cooperative and labour movements of his native district.

He first came into the limelight when he turned giant-killer and defeated the well-entrenched Congress stalwart Janardhan Poojary from Mangalore in the 2004 general elections. 

In the 2009 elections, he was shifted to the neighbouring Udupi Chikmagalur constituency and duly won. In June 2007 he was one of key players in BJP forming their first government South of Vindyas.



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Gowda had his earlier education at Keyyur of Puttur Taluk and also in Sullia. He graduated in Science from St Philomena College, Puttur and then went on to attain his degree in law at Udupi Vaikunta Baliga College of law.

It was during this period he was elected as the general secretary of the Students Union of the Law College. Moreover he was very active as the district general secretary of the ABVP.

In 1976, he started practicing law at both Sullia and Puttur.

He had a brief stint as a Public Prosecutor at Shirsi. All through these years he involved himself in public as well as social activities and to pursue the same, he resigned from the government post.



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He started his political career as an ordinary member of erstwhile Jan Sangh.

He was first elected as an MLA in 1994 and again in 1999.

During his second stint he became the deputy leader of opposition in the Karnataka assembly.

When he got elected as Member of Parliament and also, he is identified as the national leader when he was presented with the responsibility of National Secretary of Bharathiya Janata Party

He was given the responsibility to manage party matters relating to Goa.

Image: File photo of Gowda with wife Datty

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