In a shocking late night development, Karnataka Vidhana Parishad Deputy Chairman and JDS politician SL Dharme Gowda has allegedly died by suicide, Kannada media reported.
Gowda was found dead on a railway track around 2am near Chickmagalur, his home town.
A suicide note has been recovered.
“It is shocking to learn the news of Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Council and JDS leader SL Dharmegowda’s suicide. He was a calm and decent man. This is a loss of the state (sic),” HD Deve Gowda, former PM and JD(S) leader said.
JD(S) leader and former chief minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy said that the party has lost an ‘impeccable’ politician. “The news of the suicide of senior party leader and of my brother SL Dharmega Gowda came as a shock. We lost a politician of impeccable personality. May the Lord have mercy on the family and fans of Dharmagowda,” Kumaraswamy said in a tweet.
The 64-year-old Gowda was in the news recently after Congress members manhandled him in the Upper House for trying to chair the session illegally.
He was dragged from the chairman’s chair by Congress members alleging he had joined hands with the ruling BJP to unconstitutionally unseat the Upper House Chairman Pratap Chandra Shetty, who is from the Congress.