SL Dharme Gowda passes away: BS Yediyurappa, Deve Gowda condole death of 'upright, gentlemanly politician'

Political leaders across party lines expressed shock over the death of Karnataka Legislative Council Deputy Chairman SL Dharme Gowda on Tuesday.

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa expressed shock over the incident, terming it "unfortunate". He lauded the MLC for efficiently conducting the legislative council as its deputy chairman.

JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, in a tweet, expressed shock over Dharme Gowda's death and remembered him as a gentleman politician.

His death is a loss to the state, Deve Gowda added.

JD(S) leader and former chief minister HD 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.

Dharme Gowda was in the news recently after the main opposition Congress members manhandled him in the Upper House for trying to chair the session illegally.

The BJP's Karnataka chief Shobha Karandlaje recalled the incident while paying tributes to him on Tuesday.

Dharme Gowda was found dead on a rail track in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka in the early hours of Tuesday, with police sources claiming he died by suicide.

The body was found on a rail track near Gunasagara in Kadur taluk, they said.

Dharme Gowda, 64, who was an MLC from JD(S), is survived by his wife, son and a daughter. His brother, S L Bhoje Gowda, is also an MLC.

PTI quoted sources as saying that Gowda had left his farmhouse at Sakharayapattana in a private car on Tuesday evening but did not return home, following which his family members and staff started searching for him.

He had reportedly asked his driver to stay at a distance and went alone on the pretext of talking to someone, the sources said, adding that a suicide note has been recovered.

The body has been shifted to the McGann Hospital in Shivamogga, official sources said.

With inputs from PTI

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