Bangalore: Bharatiya Janata Party MP DV Sadananda Gowda will succeed scam-hit B.S. Yeddyurappa as Karnataka’s new and 20th chief minister. He was elected BJP legislature wing leader on Wednesday after Governor H.R. Bhardwaj accepted Yeddyurappa’s prosecution for corruption.
Gowda got 63 votes and Shettar 55 as 118 legislators takes part in the voting to choose a successor to Yeddyurappa, who quit Sunday after being accused for corruption by the Karnataka ombudsman, N. Santosh Hegde.
The 58-year-old Gowda defeated Rural Development Minister Jagdish Shettar barely in a secret ballot among high drama that uncovered cracks in the ruling party that takes power for the 1st time in Karnataka in May 2008.
Gowda, a known Yeddyurappa supporter, will be the BJPs’ 2nd CM in a little over 3-years and will have 22-months in office as the assembly’s term expires May 2013.
A two-time Lok Sahba member and 2-time assembly member, he will be the 2nd chief minister from coastal Karnataka after M. Veerappa Moily, presently the corporate affairs minister in the central government.