Shettar is Karnataka’s new chief minister (Second Lead)July 8th, 2012 - 3:45 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) In a desperate bid to buy peace in Karnataka, the BJP Sunday formally announced that Jagadish Shettar will the new chief minister of Karnataka, replacing D.V. Sadananda Gowda.
And in an attempt to ensure that Gowda doesn’t brew another revolt, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said the outgoing chief minister would be given an important role in the central and state levels.
Gowda, a victim of Karnataka’s never ending caste politics, said he had no complaints and would abide by the party decision.
“According to the present situation in Karnataka, he (Gowda) has told me that he is resigning from the chief minister’s post,” Gadkari told the media at his residence here.
“He handed me his resignation as a good party worker. We have accepted his resignation,” he said.
Gadkari added that “keeping in mind the future of Karnataka, we have decided to give the leadership (in the state) to Jagadish Shettar”.
Shettar will be the third chief minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Karnataka government which took power in 2008. The decision for the change was taken Saturday by the party’s core group here.
Gowda told reporters outside Karnataka Bhavan here that he had quit as an “obedient soldier” of the party.
“My central leaders have taken a decision to change the leadership in Karnataka for some political reason. As an obedient soldier of my party, the verdict given by central leaders has been whole-heatedly accepted by me,” Gowda said.
“I will be a loyal worker in the future as well. The incoming chief minister will be extended all cooperation by me.”
Gowda, who came to New Delhi Saturday evening amid turmoil in the Karnataka BJP, met party leaders L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley andAnanth Kumar at Advani’s residence. He met Gadkari Sunday.
BJP sources say the party is planning to make Gowda a Rajya Sabha member. He was a Lok Sabha member before he was handpicked by Yeddyurappa to succeed him in July last year.
Gadkari was all praise for Gowda.
“Sadanandaji has done excellent work, there are no complains of corruption or any other complaint against him,” he said.
He also made it clear that the step was taken eyeing the assembly polls in Karnataka and the Lok Sabah polls of 2014.
“All leaders should unite and put in their full efforts in making BJP win the upcoming assembly and Lok Sabha elections.”
Yeddyurappa is the leading figure of the Lingayat community in the state which makes 17 percent of the state’s population.
Gadkari said party leaders Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh will go to Bangalore Monday for discussions with BJP leaders there.
Gowda’s exit follows a sustained campaign by his predecessor, B.S. Yeddyurappa, the party’s first chief minister in south India who wanted to see the back of Gowda.
Yeddyurappa had to quit after the Lokayukta indicted him in a mining scandal and other corruption charges.
Gowda was Yeddyurappa’s choice to replace him over Shettar.
But after the Karnataka High Court struck down the Lokayukta report, Yeddyurappa stepped up efforts to get back as the chief minister but Gowda failed to oblige him.
On Friday, Shettar and eight other ministers resigned from the ministry, forcing the party’s national leaders to agree to a leadership change. Shettar is presently the rural development minister of Karnataka.
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