The Deve Gowda family is often referred to as Karnataka’s Appa-Makkala Paksha (father-sons’ party). Former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief H.D. Deve Gowda and his sons have been one of the most influential political families in the state.
An MP from Hassan, Deve Gowda has always maintained the “humble farmer” image, one that has also been carried forward by his sons — current Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and PWD minister H.D. Revanna.
In the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, both Revanna and Kumaraswamy’s sons — Prajwal and Nikhil — are expected to get tickets. Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy’s wife Anitha represents the Ramnagaram assembly constituency and Revanna’s wife Bhavani debuted in 2016 by winning the Hassan Zilla Panchayat elections.
Former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa continues to be the BJP’s only mass leader in the state. His sons — B.Y. Raghavendra and B.Y. Vijayendra — are active in politics. While the former is an MP from Shivamogga, the latter is the BJP State Yuva Morcha general secretary and is tipped to fight the Lok Sabha polls from the Varuna constituency.
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