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Days after Karnataka House ruckus, Dy Chairman found dead

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa expressed shock over Gowda's death and said he can't believe it. "I pray that the Lord gives strength to his family and his fans, Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Chikmagalur | Updated: December 30, 2020 8:02:42 am
Karnataka news, Karnataka Legislative Council deputy chairperson Dharme Gowda found dead, Karnataka councillor found dead near railway track, Karnataka police, Karnataka government, Indian expressDharme Gowda is survived by his wife Mamata, a son and a daughter. (Source: Education minister Suresh Kumar facebook)

Karnataka Legislative Council Deputy Chairman S L Dharme Gowda was found dead on a railway track in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur district early Tuesday morning. Police said they have found a suicide note near the body.

According to railway police, the JDS legislator’s body was found on a railway track near Gunasagara in Kadur taluk of Chikmagalur district, which is his hometown.

On Monday evening, Gowda had left his farmhouse in Sakkarayapattana village along with his driver in his personal car and did not return. His worried family started to search for him. Police found Gowda’s body in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to reports, a death note was found near his body, which referred to the recent incident in the Legislative Council. Arasikere Railway Police have registered a case and an investigation is underway.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa paid his respect and expressed shock over Gowda’s death. “I pray that the Lord gives strength to his family and his fans, Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Dharmaraj, the car driver of Dharme Gowda, told reporters that the JD-S legislator had asked him to park the car near the railway track at Gunasagara as he had to meet someone. “Dharme Gowda told me to park the vehicle near the track around 6.30 pm. He told me he is going to meet someone and told me to be here only, but never returned. I waited near the track till 12.30 am. While we were driving he was talking on the phone with someone, ” Dharmaraj said.

Gowda was in the news recently after the opposition Congress members pushed him off his chair in the ruckus over a no-confidence motion against the Chairman in the Upper House. Gowda was elected as the vice-chairperson of the council in 2018.

Leaders from all major Karnataka political parties paid tribute to him. In a statement, JD(S) supremo H D Devegowda, said “Shocked to hear the news of Dharme Gowda’s death by suicide. It’s a big loss to the state, he was a soft-spoken person.”

JD(S) leader and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy said Dharme Gowda was like a brother to him. “His death has caused a shock to me. He was an upright politician,” Kumaraswamy said in a tweet.

Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar said, “It is unbelievable that Dharme Gowda is no more, he was a very simple man. It is very shocking to all of us. On behalf of my party, and myself, we pray that his soul rests in peace.”

Gowda is survived by his wife Mamata, son Sonal S D and daughter Saloni S.D. His brother S L Bhoje Gowda is also an MLC. He started his political career as a member of panchayat and was elected as MLA from Birur Assembly constituency in 2004 and served in the cooperative sector for several years. Gowda was elected as the vice-chairperson of the council in 2018.

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