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PTI / The Hindu /BANGALORE, August 3, 2011.
Sadananda Gowda after attending a meeting at the BJP office in Bangalore. File photo.
Lok Sabha member D. V. Sadananda Gowda will be the new Chief Minister of Karnataka,with his election on Wednesday as leader of the BJP legislature party in secret ballot, in a victory to the B. S. Yeddyurappa camp.
The exact number of votes polled by the rival candidates was not immediately available.
58-year-old Gowda beat Jagadish Shettar who was propped up by the rival camp led by BJP National General Secretary H. N. Ananth Kumar in a straight contest after the party central leaders failed to evolve a consensus on the successor issue.
The election brought out the sharp division in BJP’s State unit with Mr. Yeddyurappa aggressively pushing for Mr. Gowda’s candidature after being asked to step down as Chief Minister following his indictment in the Lokayukta report on illegal mining.
An affable and non-controversial figure, Mr. Gowda, a former State unit chief, is a Lok Sabha member from Udupi-Chikmagalur.
He has also served as Deputy Opposition leader in the Assembly.
After Mr. Yeddyurappa’s exit, party’s Central observers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh had tried to build a consensus on his successor but the rival factions stuck to their guns forcing a showdown.
The election of Mr. Gowda, who is not a member of either House of the Legislature, has clearly demonstrated the hold Mr. Yeddyurappa has over legislators and his command over the party in the State.
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