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From film producer to Karnataka CM

Kumaraswamy's debut into politics in 1996 started on a sweet note when he romped home from the Kanakapura parliamentary constituency.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 14:52 IST

Scripting an unexpected sequel for JDS in Karnataka, film producer-turned-Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy, has come a long way from being a pawn to a grandmaster in Karnataka's fluid power game.

Starting off as a political novice in 1996 after being goaded by his mother Chennama, to marshalling a revolt of the JDS turks against his own father and party patriach HD Deve Gowda, the 46-year-old Kumaraswamy's political career has been punctuated by two hits and three flops at the hustings, rounded off by an Alfred Hitchcock climax in the last week.

Kumaraswamy's debut into politics in 1996 started on a sweet note when he romped home from the Kanakapura parliamentary constituency.

The success of Kumaraswamy, still a greenhorn in politics, was lauded by his father and mentor, Gowda, the then Prime Minister.

However, his subsequent attempts to pitch for power in 1998 and 1999 failed when he lost out to Congress' M Chandrashekara Murthy. His attempt to wrest the seat in Sathanur assembly constituency was another political debacle.

The year 1999 also marked a downswing for the Gowda clan with father Gowda losing out in his hometurf Hassan and elder sibling Revanna forced to bite the dust from the family's traditional seat Holenarsipura.

But Kumaraswamy, a staunch believer in astrology, a trait shared by his father, saw the stars favouring him again when he won from the family's 'auspicious seat' Ramanagaram assembly constituency, which he currently represents.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 14:52 IST