DV Sadananda Gowda on Thursday took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, ending a week’s political uncertainty in the state.
Gowda’s swearing-in ceremony was boycotted by several legislators including former Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar, who lost the race for chief ministership to Gowda narrowly. However, Shettar backers, former Union minister HN Ananth Kumar and state party chief KS Eshwarappa attended the function.
Gowda remained confident of solving serious divisions plaguing BJP. Talking to mediapersons, Gowda declared that he would not be a puppet CM and the focus of the new government will be development and good governance. The new chief minister has a challenging task of bringing in the group of legislators led by Shettar who have publicly expressed discontent.
Gowda admitted that there was discontent in the party and was hopeful of an early solution. “All political parties have confrontation which is normal in a democratic set up and we are confident of finding a solution,” he said.
The much debated issue is the induction of new ministers in the state cabinet as well as an expected ministerial portfolio change. Gowda said that he would discuss with the national BJP leaders including legislators and the announcement of the new cabinet would take place in the next 2-4 days.
The Shettar camp has already placed its demand for important portfolios in the State cabinet fearing that all these plum positions would be occupied by the Yeddyurappa’s followers. Shettar group has formed a informal committee comprising R Ashok, Govind Karjol and Karunakara Reddy and Balachandra Jarkiholi to work out their strategy. Gowda on Wednesday morning met Shettar to sort out the difference but the dissident group stuck to their demands. Shettar had refused the position of deputy chief minister which was offered to him by the party.
The chief minister did not want speculate on how long he is going to continue in office by quipping that politicians should not read too much into the future. On the various legal cases against Yeddyurappa, Gowda only remarked that law would take its course. Gowda has a daunting task of creating a sense of unity within the party. His easy going nature could perhaps soothe many of the ruffled features and ensure certain stability to the government. Economic Times