9.50 PM- D Sadananda Gowda will be sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorow at 4.30 PM, according to a communication from the Raj Bhavan. The communication adds that Gowda will be sworn in at Raj Bhavan at 4.30 PM.
The communication also states that Sadananda Gowda had met the governor after being selected as the new leader. The Governor has accepted the candidature and invited him to be sworn in as the Chief Minister.
Tomorrow only Gowda will be sworn in and the appointment of a Deputy Chief Minister as is being discussed in the BJP circles will take place in another day or two. The candidate most likely to make it as the Deputy Chief Minister is Jagadish Shettar who lost a secret ballot to Gowda today.
Sadananda Gowda press conference-
I thank all my supporters and also the leaders in my party.
I have been elected as the leader. My resolve to continue the good work of the BJP. My policies will be pro friendly.
I will take everyone into confidence and do my work. I will start my work immediately.
Sadananda Gowda will be accompanied by state BJP Chief Eshwarappa to the Raj Bhavan.
First press conference by Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda in the next five minutes. He is accompanied by K S Eshwarappa and Shobha Karandlage, Suresh Kumar and Chandre Gowda.
All is well that ends well in the BJP. The voting was first conducted and then the leaders broke for lunch.
B S Yeddyurappa then took to the stage and proposed the name of Sadananda Gowdam by that time it was clear that Gowda was emerging as the favorite. Shettar and Eshwarappa joined him on stage and seconded the name of Gowda while promising that they would all work together in future.
Law minister Suresh Kumar says the process was smooth. We welcome the new leader and he will be going to the Raj Bhavan in sometime to inform the Governor about the same.
There is absolute chaos on the streets as all BJP MLAs start coming out of Hotel Capitol. The reactions are mixed and the members of the Ananth Kumar faction look clearly upset. Sadanand Gowda still remains inside the hotel as the streets swell with his supporters waiting for him.
Sullya based Sadananda Gowda is the next Chief Minister of Karnataka. Backed completely by former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Sadananda Gowda beat his nearest rival Jagadish Shettar.
The official announcement will be made in a while. However there is a balancing act on inside Capitol where the Ananth Kumar faction is being pacified. They have been promised the post of Deputy CM.
Sadananda Gowda supporters have taken to the streets in Celebration with news of him emerging victorious. He is said to have beaten Jagadish Shettar by 9 votes in the secret ballot just held at Hotel Capitol in Bangalore.
62 for Sadananda Gowda and 55 for Shettar. No official word as yet but Gowda supporters already celebrating.
The Speaker K G Bopaiah did not take part in this vote. Suresh Kumar, law minister and two others did not vote
The counting process has been completeted and it is just a matter of time vefore an official announcement is made. Unconfimed reports say that Sadananda Gowda has won the ballot.
Lunch time for the Karnataka BJP. The voting has just concluded and the votes will be counted after lunch.
This entire process is expected to take another hour and a half. The BJP will announce the results to the legislators before breifing the media on the final verdict.
With the secret ballot underway around 70 MLAs so far have cast their vote. The fight is between Jagadish Shettar and Sadananda Gowda. There around in all 120 MLAs in the hall.
In a while from now the votes will be counted and the annouuncement made.
When the national leaders landed in Bangalore, it was decided that Sadananda Gowda would be the CM and Shettar the Dy CM. However the Shettar camp has opposed this completely which has forced the BJP to adopt to a secret ballot. Sources now say that the process of a secret ballot has already commenced although the BJP will never officially announce this since in the open. The BJP legislators have been told not to be open about this process since it would send out a wrong signal to the people.
Latest from inside Hotel Capitol. The scene is not too cordial. Leaders are aggressive about pushing the candidate and the pleas by the senior leaders have fallen on deaf years. Yeddy’s camp with 71 MLA’s now is pushing for a secret ballot. Jaitley and Rajnath appear emotional as they say that the party should not break and a secret ballot be avoided at any cost.
No differences as yet in tha party with a difference. Rajnath Singh has just addressed the legislators and told them the need to stay united. He says that it is important for the party to have a consensus candidate in the larger interest of the party.
The process to elect a new CM for Karnataka has commenced. All MLCs and other party workers have been kept outside the meeting hall. Only the 121 MLAs are allowed to take part. Senior leaders pushing for a consensus candidate. Yeddys team claims it has 68 MLAs.
Rajnath Singh has just arrived at the hotel Capitol. Jaitley too has arrived and just walked into the hotel. Appears to be a close fight although the bus math is something people are speaking about. Efforts on to avoid a ballot, but every indication that the leader would be chosen that way.
The moment that everyone has been waiting for. Yeddys camp arrives finally. Who has the numbers? Yeddys camp have come in four buses whereas Ananth Kumar faction arrived in two buses. the slug fest is about to begin as supporters chant long live sadananda gowda.
Two Volvo’s land at Capitol with the BJP MLAs as the process to elect the new CM is about to begin. The Yeddyurappa camp is yet to arrive. The Ananth Kumar camp has just arrived and are heading towards the hotel now. The meeting will commence once the other camp which is till involved in negotiations arrives.
K S Eshwarappa, state BJP president says that the party may resort to a secret ballot to elect the next CM. It is clear that there is no consensus as yet. Shettar meanwhile has sadi that he hopeful which has made the Yeddyurappa camp return to their hotel rooms to hold discussions with the senior leaders.
New names being thrown into the CM’s race. Party bosses want a consensus and no split in the party. Suresh Kumar and K S Eshwarappa could be consensus candidates since they are acceptable to both parties. However party sources say that this would be a last ditch attempt and both sides still pushing for Shettar and Sadandanda Gowda.
All possibilities that a canandidate would be choisen on the basis of a secret ballot. There is no consensus as of yet and the battle still is between Shettar and Gowda.
Chaos outside of Hotel Capitol, Bangalore where a decision on the next CM of Karnataka will be taken. Some confusion still porevails with Yeddyurappa faction trying to make a last pitch for Sadanand Gowda. They are meeting with Rajnath Singh now and will arrive at Capitol in a while.
It is just a matter of time before Karnataka has a new Chief Minister. A meeting of the BJP legislators meeting has now been fixed for 11 AM in Bangalore.
The leaders from New Delhi, Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh were involved in deliberations all through the night to bring about a consensus between the B S Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar who are claiming the support of 60 MLAs each.
BJP sources say that the meeting at 11 AM today will bring about a clarity to the issue and there is expected to be a consensus.
Jagadish Shettar however appeared to look confident that he would be elected the next CM of the state. Sadananda Gowda is meeting with Yeddyurappa after which he will meet with the senior leaders. The BJP however is trying its best to bring about a consensus candidate and would not want any split in the party especially after the party’s image has taken a beating. The party is ready to sacrifice both Shettar and Gowda if there is no consensus and could even propose the name of a third candidate to avoid any tussle.
The Yeddyurappa camp is however adamant that it would install its candidate and adds that it is even ready to show its strength if the need be.