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BSY camp appears headed for showdown with rivals

Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar have emerged as top contenders for the post of Karnataka`s Chief Minister.



Bangalore: The BS Yeddyurappa camp appears headed for a major showdown with the rival side at the BJP legislature party meeting here Wednesday, with the race for the Chief Minister`s post narrowing down to D V Sadananda
Gowda and Jagadish Shettar.

Yeddyurappa, who quit as Chief Minister following the political upheaval over the Lokayukta report indicting him on illegal mining, has publicly announced that his choice is Gowda, a former state unit party president.
But the rival camp spearheaded by Yeddyurappa`s bitter rival BJP National General Secretary H N Ananth Kumar, Tuesday today made it known they have decided on the candidature of Shettar.

"I, Shettar and (State unit President K S) Eshwarappa were in the contest for Chief Minister`s post. After that, we sat together and held discussions. (senior BJP leader H N)
Ananth Kumar has also joined us. After discussions, we have felt Shettar may become Chief Minister", Home and Transport Minister R Ashoka told reporters here.
Yeddyurappa has made it known to the party high command that Shettar`s candidature would not be acceptable to him. Shettar, a former state unit president, comes from the dominant Lingayat community, to which Yeddyurappa also belongs.

Speaking to reporters in the district headquarters town of Tumkur today, Yeddyurappa, who tendered his resignation on Sunday, said, "Central leaders (Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh) are coming (to Bangalore) tonight. I am confident that the next Chief Minister will be by consensus".

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