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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

KARNATAKA POLITICS: BJP non-committal on Sadananda Gowda!

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Special Correspondent, The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 2, 2011.

File photo of Karnataka BJP leader D.V. Sadananda Gowda.
File photo of Karnataka BJP leader D.V. Sadananda Gowda - The Hindu.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday asserted that the party legislature party in Karnataka would meet in Bangalore on August 3 to elect a successor to the outgoing Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, but was non-committal on the demand of Mr. Yeddyurappa to see D.V. Sadananda Gowda in his place.
The Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, who returned on Sunday from Bangalore after persuading Mr. Yeddyurappa to step down, told journalists here that he, along with the former party President, Rajnath Singh, had completed ‘consultations' with the party legislators on choosing a new Chief Minister.
That the party has deferred the decision on election of new Legislature Party leader till August 3 and Mr. Jaitley chose not to elaborate on the completion of consultations are signs that there are divisions within the party on a successor to Mr. Yeddyurappa.

‘CONSIDERED DECISION’

To a question on the statement made by the outgoing Chief Minister that he had proposed the name of Mr. Sadananda Gowda, Mr. Jaitley said that everyone in the party was entitled to express their views.
“There is a democratic [way] of choosing a new leader. It can be through consensus or election,” he maintained.
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