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Saturday, August 6, 2011

KARNATAKA POLITICS: Jagadish Shettar's price: Two deputies!

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August 6, 2011 / DC, Bengaluru.

With the Ananth Kumar-Jagadish Shettar camp refusing to back down over demands for the posts of two deputy chief ministers as well as 18-22 portfolios including finance, the BJP government under its new chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda continues to be in crisis.

A party source said they believed the Ananth Kumar camp was using the demand for the Deputy CMs posts for R Ashok and Shettar as a bargaining ploy and that their main aim was to wrest the finance and industry portfolios for their camp, adding “they knew very well that the high command will not accept the demand for DCM posts.”

However highly placed sources in the party said the rival B.S. Yeddyurappa camp had now stepped up attempts to break the Kumar-Shettar camp.

Former minister, M.P. Renukacharya, has reportedly sent feelers to some 20 MLAs including the 10 rebel MLAs, reinstated in the aftermath of the Supreme Court order. The sources also said that party senior leaders in New Delhi discouraged Mr. Shettar from coming to Delhi, telling him to sort out differences in Bengaluru.

The former chief minister said to be formulating his own list of nominees, strongly opposed the proposal by the Reddy brothers to induct their associates as proxies in the cabinet.

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