Mangalore: Udupi-Chikmagalur MP, DV Sadananda Gowda was elected as the 26th Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Gowda, a Vokkaliga, started his career as a public prosecutor and ended up as a successful politician. He was credited for stabilizing the party stronghold in Puttur, and was thus thrown into the electoral fray by his mentor, two-time MLA K Rama Bhat. Even though he lost his first foray in 1989, he paved the way for BJP's dominance in Puttur.
DV graduated in science from St Philomena College in Puttur, he went on to attain his law degree from Vaikunta Baliga College of Law in Udupi. In 1977 he started practicing in Sullia and Puttur. He had a brief stint as a Public Prosecutor at Sirsi, from which he resigned when his mentor, Bhat chose him as his successor in Puttur.
Though his term as MLA and MP is non-controversial and has a clean image, his term as party President was tainted. During this period he had to remove Ram Bhat, his mentor and a RSS strongman, from the party membership for defying party whip on a rebel candidate. DVS Gowda, instrumental in installing the first BJP government in South India, was very vocal against the functioning of Yeddyurappa when he was the party President.