Hassan (Karnataka): Seeking to ensure unanimous election of Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda in the December 22 Legislative Council bye-election, his predecessor BS Yeddyurappa said he had requested leaders of the JDS and Congress not to field their candidates in the poll.
“I have called up JD-S supremo Deve Gowda, state PCC chief G Parameshwar and Opposition leader in the Assembly Siddaramaiah, requesting them not to field their candidates and elect Sadananda Gowda unanimously to the Upper House,” he said. He, however, refused to divulge what the reactions of these leaders were to his request.
Siddaramaiah reportedly told Yeddyurappa the Congress High Command would take decision on the matter and he would abide by it.
Yeddyurappa’s request came amidst speculation that BJP rebel leader B Sreeramulu, who has claimed he has 22 legislators with him, would join hands with Congress and JDS to defeat his close aide.
Gowda, sworn in CM in August, is an MP and has to get elected to the legislature within six months to fulfil a Constitutional requirement.