The new date for deciding the new CM is Aug 3. The announcement was made by Dharmendra Pradhan, party in-charge of Karnataka Affairs when he said, "The new leader of BJP legislature Party will be elected on 3rd August at 11 am."
Yeddyurappa had made his choice of Sadanda Gowda, who is a leader from the Vokkaliga community clear before he put in his papers for resignation. With the BJP expressing displeasure over Gowda, the focus is back on BJP General Secretary and MP Ananth Kumar, who was one of the probable names floated earlier.
Reports have emerged of the BJP working towards a consensus to name Ananth Kumar for the top job. He is also regarded as a Yeddyurappa rival and have played a major part in may rebellious activities against BSY. The fact that Ananth Kumar is close to the Reddy Brothers who have immense clout in Bellary and adjoining districts and are virtual king makers is a vital factor in the party supporting him.
Kumar also has the backing of top BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Venkiah Naidu and LK Advani.
But the Yeddyurappa camp who had named Sadananda Gowda had to face stiff opposition from the camp comprising Eshwarappa, party national General Secretary H N Ananth Kumar and ministers Jagadish Shettar and R Ashoka.
With no amicable resolution in sight, the BJP hopes to pull in some MLAs under its roof . It also becomes essential for the BJP to appease Yeddyurappa who enjoys massive support from the Lingayat community. The other possible recourse in such adverse times is to give Yeddyurappa the role of BJP state unit president as demanded by him. But the trouble in the BJP paradise is far from over.