Media reported that BJP was looking for a right man with clean image to replace Yeddyurappa, who is facing land scam allegations. Four names have been emerged for the state's top post but, group and caste will play the crucial for the frontrunners.
Sources said that the frontrunners for the CM post are present Rural Development Minister Jagdish Shettar, Karnataka's low-profile Law Minister Suresh Kumar, Karnataka BJP President Eshwarappa and Lok Sabha member Ananth Kumar.
The consideration of caste, which has an essential role in Karnataka politics, would be a plus point for Jagdish Shettar, who is a Lingayat like Yeddyurappa. Shettar is the Rural Development Minister in the present government, and a four-time MLA from Hubli.
Suresh Kumar, who holds the charge for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs in the Yeddyurappa cabinet, is regarded as a political leader with clean image but his lack of capability to control other leaders would be a drawback.
Former Karnataka Energy minster Eshwarappa is also a under consideration but, he himself is facing allegations of irregular land deals. He was BJP state chief in 1993 and 1995.
Former Union Cabinet Minister Ananth Kumar also has a chance for top post as he holds a good rapport with BJP national leaders. Though he lacks a state wide base, the national level image may help him.