It was the name that was playing out in the media since B S Yeddyurappa was asked to put in his papers following the Lokayukta report on illegal mining. Sadananda Gowda who is seen as Yeddyurappa’s candidate was chosen to be the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.
He comes in at a time when the state is reeling under a crisis. Political observers say that he has a tough job ahead and most important of them all would be to keep the party intact in the wake of this clear split that was witnessed since the past few days.
The two time legislator and two time member of parliament will have to first emerge out of Yeddyurappa’s shadow and work for the state. He will constantly analysed and he will have to negate all talks that he is holding the chair only until Yeddyurappa is able to make a come back. While these are internal matters for Gowda, the biggest issue is that he will have to deal with the pressure on acting on the Lokayukta report and that probably is the biggest job ahead for him.
Within the BJP, he has a mixed image. His camp says he is humble, approachable and is capable of doing good work. However his rivals call him a rubber stamp with no experience and even go up to the extent of saying that he is incapable of working for more than six hours a day.
Born to DV Gowda and Kamala at Devaragunda in Dakshina Kannada district, he is a science and law graduate. He is married to Dotty Sadananda who hails from Coorg and has one son.
While there are more negatives that emerge people say that he should be given a chance to prove himself. Many even question his capabilities as an advocate but also go on to add that his primary interest has always been politics. He is not hot headed like Yeddyurappa and is capable of keeping his party colleagues in good spirits and also the flock together. The BJP says that they need someone for now who will not antagonise the rest of the flock since the primary goal at the moment is to ensure that the party remains united. However Gowda who is an ardent lover of folk music, badminton, tennis and Kho Kho apart from the famous Yakshagana will have to rise from the image of a rubber stamp Chief Minister and work independently alongside a possible deputy who most likely will be Jagadish Shettar.
Today Gowda in a brief media interaction said that he wants to work hard for the public and will carry on the good work done by his predecessor. Gowda however says that he is aware that the road ahead is tough, but also adds that he has the support of his entire party who will help him perform.