Two years ago, finding a clean, publishable picture of Nikhil Gowda, the son-of-the-son-of-the-son-of-the-soil, was well nigh impossible, after the Hummer-driving college dropout and two of his pals ransacked Hotel Empire on Church Street and beat up employees when they were refused biryani at 3.30 in the morning.
Today, on the eve of Bakrid, the strapping young man (second from right) surfaced with proud papa H.D. Kumaraswamy, as mother Anita Kumaraswamy filed her nomination papers as the Janata Dal (Secular) candidate for the by-elections to the Madhugiri assembly constituency.
Fittingly for a party whose only reference points are in a long-ago past, the BJP spokesman, V. Dhananjay Kumar, was first off the blocks with staggering sexism:
“I wish Deve Gowda‘s family is not reduced to the same position as that of the Pandavas, who pledged their wife in the gamble.”
Photograph: Karnataka Photo News