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Why Yeddyurappa Backs Sadananda Gowda for CM's Post


Narayana Swamy
Political Analyst
Daijiworld Media Network

Bangalore, Aug 2: With less than 24 hours left for the announcement of the new legislative leader of Karnataka BJP, it is reported that no consensus is still in sight for the choice of a unanimous leader for the post of the chief minister.

B S Yeddyurappa, now the caretaker chief minister after he stepped down on Sunday July 31, has backed his aide Sadananda Gowda as the prime candidate, but on the other hand Ananth Kumar has backed Jagadish Shettar who had openly admitted that he was a contender for the CM's post.

With the two camps busy in hectic political activities in the state, the Yeddyurappa camp is claiming the support of 70 MLAs, and surprisingly, the Ananth Kumar camp is also quoting the same number in support for its candidate Jagadish Shettar. But the fact is that at least one of them is wrong or making false claims, as the total number of BJP MLAs in the house is only 121.

Yeddyurappa, who was reluctant to step down from the post, is a widely accepted Lingayat leader in the state, and even now he enjoys a great amount of support from the MLAs and the Lingayat community leaders, including mutt heads and other seers. The scam-tainted Yeddyurappa is now worried about the future CM, as Ananth Kumar is known to be his arch rival within the house. The enmity is not new, but it was restricted to the two of them for the past 30 years. Caste also plays a vital role here as Ananth Kumar belongs to the Brahmin community.

Sadananda Gowda, who has always stood by Yeddyurappa in times of crises, is indeed grateful to Yeddyurappa for making him party chief for five years. Gowda has ably performed his duties and taken the party to victory in Karnataka during the 2008 assembly elections.

A highly reliable source from the Yeddyurappa camp has informed Daijiworld that Yeddyurappa is all set to fight his legal battles, specially on the mining issues. His advocates have assured him that he would come out clean in about 8-10 months' time. Yeddyurappa is hopeful that once he's done with the legal battles, he can come back to power, if not within two years, at least after the next elections.

If the CM's post goes to the Ananth Kumar camp, then there is no hope for Yeddyurappa to come back, as Shettar is not likely to sacrifice his chair for Yeddyurappa. This is the sole reason for Yeddyurappa to back Sadananda Gowda, who hails from the Vokkaliga community.

Some reports from Ashoka hotel say that the Ananth camp is ready for a showdown when high command leaders Arun Jailtley and Dharmendra Pradhan come calling to Bangalore on Tuesday August 2 evening. A secret ballot for the leader's election is also not ruled out.

Janardhan Reddy, who is considered a champion of 'resort' politics with two past experiences, is set to go for another resort politics, it is learnt. By Tuesday evening, he might take atleast 60 MLAs supporting Yeddyurappa to an undisclosed resort, it is reported, to get ready for a showdown on August 3 before the meeting with the high command.

In any case, the state BJP, though it claims that it is united, has split into two camps - one supporting Vokkaliga candidate Sadananda Gowda, and other backing Lingayat leader Jagadish Shettar.

Politcal experts in the state say the chances are 50:50.

Comment on this article

  • ajay, mysore

    Wed, Aug 3 2011

    our bad louck to accept all type of pepole

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  • Muralidharan, Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 3 2011

    It is Unfortunate that person involved in Corruption & charges is the King Maker & deciding the fate of karnataka......

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  • Prasanna, Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 3 2011

    The division in the name of castes and sects is common every where. In Christians you can see Catholics, Protestants, 7th day adventurists etc.. In Muslims we can see Shias Sunnis, Mahajirs, Sufi's and many more.. We can also see religious wars, killing each others which is a daily routine in Pakistan Iraq Iran and other Muslim countries. At least in India it is limited to power and politics.

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  • Amin sheetal , guru pura

    Wed, Aug 3 2011

    At any cost Sadananda Gowda is not the right person for the CM post, as he was close to the CM, there is rumours he might be a beneficary of the Mining scam. Anybody who is recommended by the x cm should not be given consideration, if its a case of 50:50 or disputes then there should be a general elections conduted for the CM post.

    Who is Yeddyurappa to decide who is the best candidate for the CM post, as he is already involved in scams he should think of proving himself as innocence or prepare for Jail vacation

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  • Anil Shetty, Pakkal

    Wed, Aug 3 2011

    Sadanada gowda is the best cm in karnataka.it is the best situvation of udupi in more development will happen.

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  • Anil Shetty, Pakkal

    Wed, Aug 3 2011

    Sadanada gowda is the best cm in karnataka.it is the best situvation of udupi in more development will happen.

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  • Deepakraj, Sullia

    Wed, Aug 3 2011

    sadananda gowda is the best cm of the karnataka

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  • Ganesh, Mangaladevi, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    Advani ur really useless,
    why ur not kick them out.
    why dance lady not talking regard yeddy.

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  • alwyn, mangalore

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    You r right kamal,BJP/RSS hate muslims & christains and Cong hate hindus.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    @Kamal Taiyyeb ,Mangalore
    It is a problem with majority minorities that they are addicted to communal appeasing policies of other political parties.They easily believe that these political parties are their true friends and saviors!Fact is that BJP does not believe in communal appeasing policies perceived by other parties and treat all as equals.So long as these minorities do not comes out of their shell,they continue to be exploited by so called their champions! Why can't they follow the role model of Abdul Kalam,George Fernandes,Farook Abdulla etc.,

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  • Reshma, Mlore/Dubai

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    I fully agree with you Mr. Kamal Taiyyeb Mangalore.

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  • Cyril D'Cunha, UAE

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    These Jokers are fooling and cheating the people who voted them. They have made BJP has a BHARATHIYA JOKERS PARTY.

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  • Kamal Taiyyeb, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    It is really really sad to look at the prevailing chaos in the BJP camp. It is common knowledge that the BJP/RSS hated christians and muslims. But it is very strange that they also have internal caste problems within hinduism itself. They are deeply devided by castes and sub-castes like brahmins, vokkaligas, gowdas, lingayats, dalits and harijans. We all know they always mix religion with politics for all wrong reasons.

    Then who are Kannadigas and who are Indians? This will surely affect all the development in the state social as well as economic. Moreover, Yeddy has been asked to resign and he is no longer wanted by the people as well as the high command. So why should we accept his recommendations for a candidate to replace him???

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  • Prakash, Udupi

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    At any cost Sadananda Gowda is not the right person for the CM post, as he was close to the CM, there is rumours he might be a beneficary of the Mining scam. Anybody who is recommended by the x cm should not be given consideration, if its a case of 50:50 or disputes then there should be a general elections conduted for the CM post.

    Who is Yeddyurappa to decide who is the best candidate for the CM post, as he is already involved in scams he should think of proving himself as innocence or prepare for Jail vacation

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    Yeddi supports Gowda for CM's post because birds of same feathers flock together.Yeddi may also escape from prosecution by goverment

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    Why is the cm as per Yeddys choice, CM to be as per the people of karnatakas choice.....

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  • Lancelot N. Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar

    Tue, Aug 2 2011

    Why the caste based selection for CM post? Bhramin, Vokkaliga, Lingayat, whatS all these? We Need Clean governance without communal agenda by KANNADIGA OR INDIAN.

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