NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha member from Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency DV Sadananda Gowda was on Wednesday chosen the next chief minister of Karnataka.
According to sources, Sadananda Gowda got 63 votes in his favour and Jagadish Shettar got 55.
The election of Gowda, who is not a member of either House of the Legislature, has clearly demonstrated the hold Yeddyurappa has over legislators and his command over the party in the state.
Earlier in the day, Karnataka’s BJP legislators’ met to pick a successor to outgoing chief minister Yeddyurappa. The legislators met at a hotel in city centre to choose a new leader between two contenders – DV Sadananda Gowda and rural development minister Jagadish Shettar.
Media persons were not allowed in but slogans for and against Yeddyurappa, Gowda and Shettar could be heard outside. There was jostling among the legislators, said party officials who came out even as the noisy meeting was on.
For some time central observers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley were mute spectators to the scene.
To their chagrin, the unruly scenes unfolded shortly after they in their brief speeches reminded the legislators of the damage the developments of the past one week have inflicted on the party’s image.
With no consensus in sight, the two said the new leader would be elected by ‘secret ballot’.
Yeddyurappa had quit as Karnataka chief minister reluctantly on Sunday, days after the Santosh Hegde report on illegal mining severely indicted him and his family.