During a press release in Delhi, Gadkari along with Gowda and other senior BJP leaders announced about Gowda's resignation. The party agreed to make Jagadish Shettar the new CM of the state.
According to sources, Gowda may become the BJP president in Karnataka while KS Eshwrappa or R Ashoka may become the deputy Chief Minister of the state. Gowda took over from Yeddyurappa in Aug 2011 following the decision of BJP high command to axe him in the wake of allegations of corruption against him.
Yeddyurappa, who projected Gowda as his successor then, has been demanding his ouster now and wants to install Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar as the CM of the state.
Earlier, Shettar, also a Lingayat, was supported earlier by Ananth Kumar and was rejected by Yeddyurappa. Ananth Kumar was an arch rival of Yeddyurappa. However, political game in the state has taken so many surprising turns and Yeddyurappa forced BJP high command to sack Gowda from the CM post.