Facing uncertain times, Gowda offers worship at temple

Facing uncertain times in the light of his predecessor B S Yeddyurappa reportedly making all out efforts to return to power, Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda today offered worship at a temple at a village about 90 km away from here.

Gowda who arrived at Mandekolu village, spent a few minutes at his house in Devarakonda and later headed to the temple.

The priest, claimed to be endowed with spiritual powers, assured him in Malayalam that God has fulfilled all his wishes and "you need not fear anything. I am there to protect you".

Gowda, considered a Yeddyurappa loyalist, replaced his predecessor, who was made to quit by the BJP central leadership after he was indicted in the Lokayukta report on illegal mining, but is now trying to come out of his shadow.

Yeddyurappa had set a January 15 deadline for the party leadership to arrive at a decision on the leadership issue, but the BJP top brass is no mood to meet his demands.

Yeddyurappa's supporters have been lobbying for reinstating their leader in place of Gowda, who has been maintaining he would continue as chief minister till the next assembly polls.

The Chief Minister, who recently resigned his Udupi- Chikmagalur Lok Sabha seat and got elected to the Legislative Council to ensure continuance in office, faces the tough task of retaining power in the backdrop of Yeddyurappa's efforts.

Yeddyurappa has already launched his state-wide tour in the name of strengthening BJP to know the pulse of the people. His supporters have organised a felicitation for him in Tumkur on January 21.

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