DV Sadananda Gowda, was chosen to replace BS Yeddyurappa as the Karnataka chief minister on Wednesday. Yeddyurappa handed his resignation to Bhardwaj on July 31 after the party asked him to step down following his indictment by the anti-corruption watchdog in the scam. DV Sadananda Gowda will be sworn-in as the new Karnataka chief minister on Thursday.
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Yeddyurappa, who belongs to the politically significant Lingayat community, backed Gowda, a Vokkalinga, eyeing a comeback, confident of getting the all-clear from the court in the mining scandal.
Outgoing Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa hosted a farewell tea party to top IAS officers on Tuesday at his official residence on Race Course Road where he dropped broad hints that he would return to power in about six months.
An officer told Yeddyurappa that he and his team of officials enjoyed working with him and it was a learning experience. “Thanks for your comments. It is a matter of about six months for me to come back to power. Let’s work together,” Yeddyurappa said, with a broad smile in a jovial mood.
“I request you to extend similar, rather, greater cooperation to my successor too,” Yeddyurappa told each of them.
Gowda was elected soon after governor HR Bhardwaj gave the go-ahead for Yeddyurappa’s prosecution. Gowda, 58, will be sworn in at 4.30pm on Thursday. Of the 122 party MLAs in the 224-member House, 118 participated in the vote. A secret ballot was called to choose the BJP legislature party leader after the central leaders’ efforts to find a consensus candidate failed.