It is Datta who’s fielded the toughest questions from the media whenever there’s been a crisis in the party. But he’s not just a smart spokesperson. It is said in political circles that the pile of material Gowda uses against his opponents in public or private, are either compiled, arranged or drafted by Datta. The proximity to power hasn’t gone to Datta’s head. He moves around in an autorickshaw. For his loyalty, he was given an MLC position recently.