Mangalore: Facing uncertain times in the
light of his predecessor B S Yeddyurappa reportedly making all
out efforts to return to power, Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday offered worship at a temple at a village
about 90 km away from here.
Gowda who arrived at Mandekolu village, spent a few
minutes at his house in Devarakonda and later headed to the
The priest, claimed to be endowed with spiritual powers,
assured him in Malayalam that God has fulfilled all his wishes
and "you need not fear anything. I am there to protect you".
Gowda, considered a Yeddyurappa loyalist, replaced his
predecessor, who was made to quit by the BJP central
leadership after he was indicted in the Lokayukta report on
illegal mining, but is now trying to come out of his shadow.
Yeddyurappa had set a January 15 deadline for the party
leadership to arrive at a decision on the leadership issue,
but the BJP top brass is no mood to meet his demands.
Yeddyurappa`s supporters have been lobbying for
reinstating their leader in place of Gowda, who has been
maintaining he would continue as chief minister till the next
The Chief Minister, who recently resigned his Udupi-
Chikmagalur Lok Sabha seat and got elected to the Legislative
Council to ensure continuance in office, faces the tough task
of retaining power in the backdrop of Yeddyurappa`s efforts.
Yeddyurappa has already launched his state-wide tour in
the name of strengthening BJP to know the pulse of the people.
His supporters have organised a felicitation for him in Tumkur
on January 21.