The leadership crisis in Karnataka BJP appears to be heading for a solution with DV Sadananda Gowda, a nominee of BS Yeddyurappa, likely to become the next chief minister.
Yeddyurappa, who quit as chief minister, has demonstrated that he has the support of majority (70) MLAs and the BJP central leadership is likely to concede to his choice as the next CM.
NO CHANGE IN STATE LEADERSHIP?
However, to placate the anti-Yeddyurappa faction, the leadership has ruled out changing state unit chief KS Eshwarappa, who is a rival of Yeddyurappa. If the anti-Yeddy faction, comprising Ananth Kumar, Eshwarappa, Jagadish Shettar and R Ashok, persists with its opposition to Gowda’s candidature, the BJP leadership could think of appointing their nominee as the deputy-chief minister.
Yeddyurappa had demanded that Sadananda Gowda be made the next chief minister apart from anointing him the president of the state BJP. Following this, the party on late Sunday night put off election of the new chief minister to Wednesday.
SHETTAR ALSO IN RACE
On Monday morning, Jagadish Shettar admitted to newspersons that he was one of the chief ministerial aspirants. However, the central leadership is keen on having Sadananda Gowda as a consensus candidate and would like to avert voting when the party legislature meets on Wednesday.
The BJP central leadership’s solution envisages giving leverage to Yeddyurappa while making sure he will not have complete control of the government and state party unit.
Sadananda Gowda shares a good rapport with majority of MLAs as he was the former president of the state unit. A leader in the anti-Yeddyurappa camp said that the faction did not have anything personal against Gowda and were opposing his candidature as he was Yeddyurappa’s nominee.
SETBACK FOR ANANTH KUMAR
Gowda nearly emerging as the next CM is certainly a setback to Ananth Kumar, a bitter rival of Yeddyurappa, who has been hoping to become the chief minister or have a supporter in the chair.
After the Karnataka Lokayukta report on illegal mining implicated Yeddyurappa and forced the BJP to ask him to step down, it was surprised by the tantrums and pressure tactics of the chief minister, who indicated that he was ready to revolt.
Legislators supporting Yeddyurappa publicly expressed support for their leader, while the opposing camp was willing to follow the directive of the central leadership. The delay in announcing a new CM saw some angry exchanges between supporters of Yeddyurappa and those opposing him.
I’M NOT IN RACE: ESHWARAPPA
General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka BJP, Dharmendra Pradhan, held negotiations with the Ananth Kumar camp to discuss modalities of leadership change. Eshwarappa ruled out being in the race for chief minister. “I’m not in the race as I have still two years to go as the president of state BJP unit,” he said. Meanwhile there were reports that Yeddyurappa was herding his MLAs to resorts on the outskirts of Bangalore to prevent any kind of ‘poaching’ from the rival camp. Economic Times