Lok Sabha member D. V. Sadananda Gowda was on Thursday sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka, succeeding B.S. Yeddyurappa, who quit in the wake of the Lokayukta report on illegal mining that indicted him.
Governor H. R. Bhardwaj administered the oath of office to 58-year-old Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda at the Raj Bhavan. He is the 26th chief minister of the State and the second BJP member after Mr. Yeddyurappa to hold the position.
Mr. Gowda will have a term of 22 months. Elections are due in the State in May 2013.
Mr. Yeddyurappa resigned on Sunday following the diktat of the party’s central leadership in the wake of the Lokayukta report, after being in office for 38 months.
Earlier, Mr. Gowda drove to Mr. Yeddyurappa’s home and later visited Jagadish Shettar, whom he defeated in a secret ballot at the BJP legislature party meeting on Wednesday.
He sought the cooperation of MLAs who backed his opponent when they were having breakfast. The Shettar camp told him not to come under Mr. Yeddyurappa’s influence.
“We appealed to him not to become a puppet and discharge his responsibilities under the stranglehold…,” Shettar camp follower and MLA, Arvind Limbavali, said.
Outgoing Home and Transport Minister R Ashoka, part of the Shettar-Ananth Kumar faction, said Mr. Shettar has rejected the deputy chief minister’s post, and there was no question of accepting the offer. Hindu