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Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:30:34 PM (IST)  

Mangalore : D V Sadananda Gowda – Destiny’s Child

Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Aug 3: Will Yeddyurappa’s loss is going to be D V Sadananda Gowda’s gain?  Ever since the Lokayukta report is out and there are clear indications from BJP high command that Yeddyurappa will have to go come what may,  D V Sadananda Gowda has emerged as the number one  contender for the post of the much maligned Chief Ministership of Karnataka.  This means that after Veerappa Moily who was the Chief Minister of the state from November 19, 1992 to December 11, 1994, it is once again an opportunity for Dakshina Kannada District to give its second Chief Minister to the state, though at an inopportune time with the BJP finding itself in tatters.   Notwithstanding the strong Lingayat lobby of Shettar and other lobbies led by Anant Kumar/Eshwarappa camp, there are indications that Sadananda Gowda might emerge as the consensus candidate for the post.

With only 20 months left for the assembly elections, choosing a consensus candidate has become imperative for the party and of the two contenders Sadananda Gowda seems to be having the support of largest number of MLAs.

Sadananda Gowda's wife - Datty

The fact that his name has been suggested by outgoing Chief Minister has added credence to the belief that Sadananda Gowda has everything going for him. 

Clean Image

For D V,  as he is known popularly, this will be another feather in the cap because he was the President of the party  in Karnataka when the BJP formed its first government South of Vindyas in 2007, when the Yeddyurappa led government came to power in Karnataka.  And now with the ouster of Yeddyurappa, there is a vacancy for Sadananda Gowda to occupy the highest post of Chief Minister of the state.  Puttur and the neighbouring Sullia from where Sadananda Gowda hails are agog with the buzzword that Sullia’s son of the soil DV is all set to don the Chief Minister of Karnataka. 

Though Puttur is also clamoring for   its daughter Shobha Karandlaje, whose name was doing the rounds initially, she is no match to DV who has risen in politics from grass root level and has proved he is a bellwether having a clean image who has proved his capability of turning the fortunes of the party, time and again.  His clean image and experience as MLA, two-time MP and as the state President of the party, gives him an edge vis-à-vis the other contenders.  The possibility of DV becoming the Chief Minister has enheartened the people of Dakshina Kannada District.

DV who hails from Devaragunda family of Mandekolu village in Sullia Taluk was born on March 18, 1953 to Venkappa Gowda and Kamala couple.  He had his early education in Panjikal in Sullia and Puttur.  He graduated in Science from St Philomena College Puttur and completed his law degree from Vaikunta Baliga College of Law, Udupi.  It was his father who moulded his personality. But D V lost his father when he was in college and his uncle Devaragunda Chinnappa was primarily responsible for giving a proper orientation to his career. 

In one of the recent interviews to the public service broadcaster DV had acknowledged that it was Fr Henry Castelino of St Philomena College who gave a new facet to his life.   

Proved his Mettle 

From his childhood Sadananda Gowda proved his leadership qualities by donning the role of school pupil leader in high school, as leader in the college and as the general secretary at the law college.  One can say the leadership quality nurtured by him during his early years has played a crucial role in shaping him for the political roles he has essayed.  After his law degree DV worked as a public prosecutor in Sullia for 1½ years.  It was Vinayachandra, a BJP leader who encouraged him to come back to Sullia and also help build the party.  He resigned his job in Sirsi and came back to Sullia and along with his practice he helped build the party in Sullia and Puttur.  D V was appointed as the President of party’s Sullia assembly segment.  He went on to hold many important positions in the party subsequently. 

During his formative years in BJP Sadananda Gowda has served as the President of Namdekolu Co-operative Society in Sullia for 5 years.   He also served as the Vice President of South Canara District Co-operative Credit Bank, Mangalore and as the Director of CAMPCO.  It was in 1989 that Sadananda Gowda entered the electoral fray by contesting the assembly elections which he lost by a narrow  margin of 1060 votes.  That defeat gave him the impulsion required fighting the elections once again and his perseverance and hard work paid off.  In the 1994 assembly elections DV won the assembly elections by a narrow margin of 404 votes.  From then onwards he never gave up the winning formula. DV has also served as the Dy leader of the opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.  From assembly DV graduated to Lok Sabha and he was been elected as the MP twice, 2004 and 2009.  During this period he also served as the state President of the BJP in Karnataka.

D V has faced many tragedies in life. He had lost his young son a two decades back and again his elder son had met with a serious accident in September 2008.  DV also had a serious health problem and had to undergo a major surgery just a few years ago.  But he has never allowed his personal tragedies to come in the way of his public responsibilities.   

Within 15 days of the death of his son he had come to the office saying his pain should not become the pain of the society.  As president of the party in the state he steered the BJP to power in the state and continued to be its president till K S Eshwarappa took over as President in 2010.  He is the serving MP of Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency. 

For Sadananda Gowda destiny has opened its doors widely.  How he fits in and presides over the political conundrum will have to be keenly watched once he assumes office.   The fact that DV has no experience as minister is the only flaw in an otherwise impeccant track record.  For the costal people of Udupi and Mangalore, which has supported the BJP with all its might, it would be a matter of pride and satisfaction to see their own man at the helm.  It has enkindled their consciousness and also their desire to see DV occupy the coveted post. 

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Comments on this article
honnegowda, channapatna
Friday, June 22, 2012

it is happy to see your administration. it is happy to have a CM like you.. in rest of your tenure make remarkable contribution to people of Karnataka .

Kallyan, Gangavati
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

sir. you r also yediyurappa's follower. its not correct..

Kallyan, Gangavati
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

sir. you r also yediyurappa's follower. its not correct..

Love, Managalore
Friday, August 05, 2011

Dear Sir,
Congratulations and all the best next two years to rule karnataka state with the clean hand for the development of the state.

Savitha Bollady, Bollady house, Kumbra, Puttur
Thursday, August 04, 2011

I don’t follow politics but I have grown listen about you in my surroundings. Lakhs of people may follow you, thousands of people will be expecting hundreds of things from you, and media might be waiting to capture your missed step, opposition will be eager to know your weakness. Wherever your journey might takes you, here is simple wish from the people from your home town- May you reach the pinnacle of success, May your million dollar smile spread happiness in the state and let the corruption be ashamed of itself in front of your honesty.

stanislaus, Kundapura
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Congratulations Mr Gouda we hope u all karnataka's people ru controll the karnataka's worst situvation now we r lloking forward wihh all comunites and casts are take care of ur kannada people god bless you
specialey all your desition.

stanislaus, Kundapura
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Congratulations Mr Gouda we hope u all karnataka's people ru controll the karnataka's worst situvation now we r lloking forward wihh all comunites and casts are take care of ur kannada people god bless you
specialey all your desition.

abdul rehaman sulaimn, uchila/udupi
Thursday, August 04, 2011

congratulation mr.sadananda gowda.
expecting with u peace&uncurrepted rooling in a citizen of india (karnataka) i wish u all the best.

Kashi Ram, Mandya
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Congratulations for New Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Juliana, Udupi
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Congratulations on the occasion of ion as Chief minister of Karnataka to Sri D.V. Sadananda Gowda. Hence forth, please ensure corruption free governance and social justice to the people of Karnataka please. Progress will be the collective effort of the people but the above mentioned two things are your property.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Congrtulation sir,proove it as a strong C.M. and non corrupt mangalorian GENTLEMANS like SANTOSH HEGDE.

Kevin, Mangalore
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Congratulations Sir, Hope you will clean the corrupt politics and turn Karnataka into a modern and progressive state

Prakash Kamath, mangalore
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

congrats & best wishes for D V S,
hope u will clear all the mess ups &
complete the rest of terms of government as usual with smiling face
and best governance with improvement

Ramachandra Guddehithlu, Madikeri/Madikeri
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Haardhika ShubhaashayagaLu Sri.Sadananda Gowdre. Nimma Srimathiyavarigoo,maganigoo haagoo maneyavarellarigoo kooda nanna haardhika shubhaashayagalu. Sri.Yeddiyurappanawaru maadadE iruva kElasagaLannu neevu maadi mugisi innoo hechchina kelasa maadi oLLe hesaru gaLisi endu haaraisuttEne.Ellaa oLLEdagali.

sudhakar salian, uppoor UAE
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Wish you all the best all karnataka people for your support and specialy from udupi people

R.Narayanappa., Tumkur
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Congartulations sir.
Be dedicative towords the progress of the poor farming community.Complete all the pending irrigation projects of karnataka.Please set the scientific prices for all the farmers produces.

R.Narayanappa., Tumkur
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Congartulations sir.
Be dedicative towords the progress of the poor farming community.Complete all the pending irrigation projects of karnataka.Please set the scientific prices for all the farmers produces.

Santhappa U, Mangalore
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Congratulations, All the best. Be honest & humble. Prove yourself.Don't be corrupt.

pramod rai, kadaba/ puttur
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

good luck,,,, be honest and prove

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Dear Sir,
We expect something better..
All the very best, and our support will be with you until your are corrupted.

keshav patali, punacha
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Congratulations and all the best next two years to rule karnataka state with the clean hand for the development of the state.

Samad, Udupi
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

DVS might be a potential candidate for state as well as for south canara. Since he is nominated by our ex CM, lets hope that he can overcome bieng elected as CM and do some favourable progress to our region irrespective religion,caste,coulor...

Satish Edneer, Edneer / Kasaragod / Bahrain
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

All the best Mr. Sadananda Gowda. A simple person with great efficiency. And he is always with common people.

rathan , mangalore/dammam
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

D V Sadananda Gowda is only the qulified candidate in race of CM Post, who can speak atleast some wise words in front of english media, wish you all the best.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Happy to hear that the next CM will be from south kanara.Hope this will affect positively development works in three districts.But if he become remote control CM of Eddy then he better withdraw now.

Samuel Preetham, Udupi
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

All the best Mr. Gowda, Its not about the party BJP or Congress its about the right person with clean image as long as ur image is clean everyone will have to support u.

balanna, Dubai/Mangalore
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Honest and gentleman. Put in great efforts to build party. But contribution to development as MP from Mangalore and Udupi so far is zero.

Thomas , Mlore
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Congrats Sadananda Gowda  Hope this man clean the mess created by Yeddy.

Dr S Kamath, Mumbai
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Nice write up by Daijiworld we need to bring out West Coast Indias Talents to National Forum

Ganesh karkala, baharain
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Wish you all the best
we expect many improvements in kannada nadu and we hope you won t forget us

Arjun, India
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Seems to be a humble and honest man, with the realities and pain he had gone through, he might value life and importance of good governance. Manglore or else where..we should support good and able people from any background to rule our states and nation irrespective of where they hail from. Peace!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Sadananda Gowdre...congratulations!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

There is every possibilities that DVS will emerge victorious in the race of CM of Karnataka.It is remained to be seen how Shettar/Ish/A.Kumar camp concedes to DVS as Shettar belongs to Lingayath Community.I am of the opininon that undivided District will emerge victorious either DVS or VSA able to occupy CM post..Irrespective of party affiliations we should support our Mangaloreans to become the first citizen of our great state Karnataka.I wish them best of luck.

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