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Sadananda Gowda sworn-in as Karnataka CM

August 4, 2011 - Bangalore

DV Sadananda Gowda was on Thursday sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka.

More than 40 MLAs boycotted the swearing-in-ceremony, the Times Now channel reports.

Gowda earlier in the day denied rumours of split within the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"There is no intention, you might have seen in the media, all the legislators will attend the swearing-in ceremony. And I hope that everything will go smooth in a political crisis. The responsibility of the leaders is so much that they should positively think of the matter," said Gowda.

Gowda was elected soon after Governor HR Bhardwaj gave the go-ahead for Yeddyurappa's prosecution. A secret ballot was called to choose the BJP legislature party leader after the central leaders' efforts to find a consensus candidate failed.

Gowda, who will serve out the remaining 22 months of the BJP's first government in the south, got 65 votes.

Fifty-eight year-old Gowda is an MP from Udupi Chikmagalur. He has been BJP state president and a non-controversial one - a considerable feat in a unit that has several power centres.

Gowda has also been an MLA and deputy leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly.

He was the State President of the BJP in Karnataka and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 and 2009.

His challenger, rural development minister Jagadish Shettar - propped up by the rival camp led by party general secretary HN Ananth Kumar - fell short by 12 votes.

Yeddyurappa resigned from his post on Sunday after being indicted in Lokayukta Justice (retired) N. Santosh Hedge's report on illegal mining.


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