Former prime minister H.D. Deve
Gowda, known for interfering in government affairs whenever his party is in power in Karnataka, has taken a back seat for a change. The Janata Dal (Secular) founder is hardly seen at government events or commenting on the performance of ministers of the Congress-JD(S) coalition. He only surfaces when the coalition faces strains. Party insiders say Gowda does not want to seem to be “controlling” the government and wants to convey that his son (chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy) is capable of running the government without him.