On Monday, as world markets were crashing, Sadananda Gowda, Karnataka's new chief minister, inducted his cabinet.
A prominent member of his party, Katta Subramanaya Naidu, was jailed for his involvement in a land swindle the same day. Accompanying Katta to Bangalore's central prison was his son Jagadish, also accused in the case. For those who believe in omens, Sadananda Gowda's ascendance came at an inauspicious moment.
In his two terms as MLA and an equal time as MP, no one has accused Sadananda Gowda of corruption. In fact, he is seen as a rare politician who has remained clean. But the circumstances in which he took charge mark him out as Yeddyurappa's man, and a rubber stamp. Never had Sadananda Gowda dreamed he would be chief minister. Like Manomohan Singh, he just happened to be around when his party was looking out for a non-controversial leader.
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