Congress MLA Siddu Nyama Gowda died today after his vehicle met with an accident at Tulasigeri in Karnataka, according to ANI report. He was on his way from Goa to Bagalkot, the report says. It has been learnt that Gowda had defeated Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (Secular) candidates in Karnataka election 2018. The 69-year-old veteran state Congress leader contested from Jamkhandi constituency where he saw off the challenges from JDS candidate Sadashiv Kalal and Shrikant Kulkarni of BJP. As per affidavits filed during the nomination, he was a 12th pass. His net assets worth Rs 97342544.00, the report says.
According to reports, the MLA was returning to his constituency Jamkhandi from Goa. He was one of the 78 Congress MLA that were elected to the Karnataka Assembly in May 12 polls.The incident occurred after the left tyre of the Innova car, in which he was travelling, burst and the car smashed into a wall.
Nyamagouda represented the Bagalkot Lok Sabha constituency and was the minister for coal in the central cabinet. Karnataka Congress tweeted a condolence message after the death of the lawmaker. “Deepest condolences on the passing away of our senior leader and Jamkhandi MLA, Shri Siddu B Nyamagouda. The Congress party stands by his family in this hour of grief,” the tweet read.