Karnataka: From a gram panchayat member to council deputy chairman | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: SL Dharmegowda was not only a politician but also a businessman and farmer. He owned commercial establishments, bars and tractor showrooms and had an areca plantation.
Before getting elected to the legislative council in 2018, he was elected to the assembly in 2004 from Birur segment. As a Janata Dal candidate, he defeated his nearest Congress candidate by 1,133 votes. His father SR Lakshmaiah had represented the constituency thrice.

Dharmegowda started his political career as a Bilekalla gram panchayat member and became president. He joined the cooperative movement and became director of several state and national organisations. He continued his political journey in JD(S). He lost to CT Ravi in Chikkamagaluru in 2008. “In district politics, we never consider anyone an enemy. After the December 15 incident in the council, I comforted him. During the CM’s recent visit to the district, he attended a dinner at my residence. We had a good chat on Monday too,” said Ravi, BJP national general secretary.
YSV Datta, JD(S) functionary, said: “A few days before the council ruckus, we discussed challenges faced by milk producers.”


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