Karnataka Chief MinisterB S Yeddyurappa finally fell in line with his party high command’s directive and agreed to submit his resignation on Sunday, paving way for the selection of a new leader in the BJP-ruled state.
TheBJP leadership remained firm in its decision of insisting that Yeddyurappa resign from the post of chief minister.
This was conveyed to him by Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh, who had flown down to Bangalore from Delhi to put an end to the political crisis triggered by a report of the Karnataka Lokayukta on illegal mining inBellary district which indicted Yeddyurappa. The BJP lost no time in asking for his resignation following the submission of this report.
According to party sources, two people in the fray to become the next chief minister are D V Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar.
Sadananda Gowda, a Member of Parliament from the Udipi-Chickmagalur constituency, reportedly enjoys the support of Yeddyurappa. Gowda, who was the president of the state unit of the BJP, has a clean image.
State rural development minister Jagadish Shettar belongs to the dominant Lingayat community-like Yeddyurappa. However, Shettar owes his allegiance to Ananth Kumar, Yeddyurappa’s arch-rival and an MP from Bangalore South. Economic Times