Bangalore: Sharp divisions within the party and continued political turmoil on Thursday forced DV Sadanada Gowda, who is set to take oath today as the new Karnataka Chief Minister, to settle differences with his rival Jagdish Shettar.
As per reports, Gowda today went straight to the residence of Shettar and invited him and his supporters to attend the oath taking ceremony, scheduled to be held at Raj Bhawan this evening.
The development comes in view of reports that at least 55 BJP MLAs, who voted for Shettar in the secret ballot, were not invited to attend the oath taking ceremony and hence they decided to boycott it.
R Ashok Kumar, the Home Minister of Karnataka and a close confident of Shetter, had earlier claimed that several BJP MLAs had received no invitation for today’s ceremony. Interestingly, a breakfast meeting was also held at Shettar’s residence in Bangalore today, which was attended by all 55 MLAs.
It is to be noted that Shettar is a trusted lieutenant of BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar, while Gowda has the backing of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.
It is apparently clear that rebel MLAs are upset with Gowda’s rise as the new leader of the BJP legislative party. After his defeat at Gowda`s hand, Shettar had accused Yeddyurappa of threatening his supporters.
Shettar said, "Gulbarga MLA Eshanna Gulagannanavar, despite being unwell, made it to the BJP LP on a wheelchair. After the polling, Yeddyurappa told him he knew whom he voted for and that he knows how to deal with him. This has really hurt me."