K'taka: Gowda set to assume charge as CM
Ousted chief minister B S Yeddyurappa's candidate, Gowda, who defeated Jagadish Shettar in the secret ballot at the legislature party meeting on Wednesday, is slated to be sworn-in by Governor H R Bhardwaj at Raj Bhavan at 16.30 hours.
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Image: Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh congratulates Gowda
Shettar contemplates over defeat
"There are different reasons for his (Shettar's) defeat", camp follower and Home and Transport Minister R Ashoka told newsmen but did not go into specifics. He stated that he and the party's state unit chief K S Eshwarappa were among those (more than 50 MLAs) who had backed Shettar for the top post.
Image: Jagdish Shettar
From now on, I'm an ordinary worker of BJP: Yeddy
Asked if Gowda's victory is actually "Yeddyurappa's win", he said, "It's the party's win; unity's win".
Noting that he was being projected as "super chief minister" in some quarters, Yeddyurappa said, "He (Gowda) has the strength to work independently. I will not interfere in any issue."
Image: BS Yeddyurappa stepped down from CM's post on Sunday
Disquiet in Ananth Kumar camp
Asked if this camp would attend the swearing-in ceremony, Ashoka evaded the question, saying it (the event) has not come to their notice and there was no "letter" (invitation). But Eshwarappa said all MLAs would participate.
Image: BJP National General Secretary Ananth Kumar