Posted On Sunday, July 08, 2012 at 09:23:54 AM
Buckling under pressure from former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday decided to replace current chief minister Sadananda Gowda with Jagdish Shettar, marking the third change in the state in 11 months. Gowda had taken over from Yeddyurappa in August last year.
|Former chief minister Yeddyurappa has been insisting for some time that Sadananda Gowda be replaced by his close associate Jagdish Shettar
The decision was taken at the saffron party’s core group meeting in the national capital on Saturday, sources said. Shettar, a Lingayat leader, who is the state’s rural development minister, is the choice for the top post of Yeddyurappa, who is calling the shots in Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party even after his unceremonious exit as chief minister last year.
He will be the party’s third chief minister in the state in four years since the party came to power there in 2008.
After the core group meeting, party spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said that Gowda would come to Delhi on Saturday evening and would be meeting party chief Nitin Gadkari, L K Advani and other leaders. “A decision will be announced after that,” Prasad told reporters.
Yeddyurappa, who was removed as chief minister last year in the wake of corruption allegations against him, has been insisting for some time now that Gowda be replaced by his close associate, Shettar.
However, sources said Gowda, who fell out with the Yeddyurappa camp had pleaded with the party that it should not take any decision in “haste” and sought to assert that he has strived to give a corruption-free administration in the last 11 months, after he was appointed CM. With this change of guard, the political history witnessed in Karnataka from 1989 to 1994 of having three chief ministers in a span of five years has had a repeat.
Will abide by decision: Gowda
Karnataka chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Saturday said that he would abide by the decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s high command on the leadership issue. “As I have said earlier, I will abide by whatever decision the party high command will take on the leadership issue.
If I am asked to quit, I will resign and if I am asked to continue, I will stay,” Gowda told mediapersons, soon after arriving in Delhi. Gowda reiterated that the party high command should not further delay the decision on the leadership issue as the uncertainty was affecting the state administration at a time when many districts across the state were reeling under drought.
“I have requested the party high command to decide on the leadership issue at the earliest as anymore delay will affect the smooth functioning of the government. As a disciplined member of the party, I will act on the advice of our leaders, whatever it may be,” he said.
• With this, the political history of Karnataka having 3 chief ministers in five years has had a repeat.