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No deputy chief minister's post in Karnataka, says Gowda

PTI  New Delhi, August 10, 2011
First Published: 12:54 IST(10/8/2011) | Last Updated: 17:25 IST(10/8/2011)

New Karnataka chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda ton Wednesday ruled out creation of a deputy chief minister's post and re-induction of controversial Reddy brothers in the cabinet.

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On his first visit to Delhi after assuming office, Gowda said the central leadership was not in favour of a deputy chief minister as none of the BJP-ruled states have such a post.

"My central party is there. My state party is there. I am not the only one to take decisions on all these things. All the directions given by the central leadership will be (implemented) after consultations," he said in response to a query whether Reddy brothers would be inducted into Cabinet.

Mining magnates -- G Karunakara Reddy and G Janardhana Reddy -- and their aide Sriramulu were kept out of the Gowda cabinet after the state lokayukta indicted them in its report on the mining issue.

Janardhana, who is camping here, has met BJP leaders apparently lobbying for their re-entry into the Government.

On differences with his cabinet colleague Jagdhish Shettar, who was also a contender for the chief minister's post after BS Yeddyurappa quit on July 31, Gowda expressed confidence that all issues would be resolved.

"I have been a President of the state BJP for four years and there were differences then also. I was able to resolve everything. Now such a situation has come to me again. Every one can be rest assured that all will be solved," he said.

On reports that he has constructed a building in violation of rules, he said: "Sadananda Gowda is not above the law. Law will take its own course. I will abide by whatever decision is taken."

The chief minister said he would expand his cabinet within a fortnight.


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