gfiles magazine

August 14, 2012

‘Many in Cabinet did not back me’

Sadanand gowda, former Karnataka cm
He is a one-man army. He governed 65 million people for 350 days. He held 22 portfolios directly and the rest in proxy. He inherited others’ men in his Cabinet. His personal staff was not ‘his own men’. Pins were pricking him left, right and centre and still he smiled broadly! That is Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda of Karnataka. Needless to say he was elected to office with the blessings of the discredited BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, who has more than a dozen criminal cases of corruption, nepotism and illegal notification, etc., pending against him. But, Sadananda Gowda did not become a puppet in the hands of his mentor turned tormentor. As a lone warrior, he took all the innuendoes hurled at him in his stride, fought the peoples’ war against corruption and gave 350 days of governance with a difference. This was even as his friends had become foes and vice-versa! B Harishchandra Bhat talked to him a day after he relinquished office ‘voluntarily’ at the behest of the party high command. Excerpts.....READMORE

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