Close on the heels of the Election Commission announcing elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, a high level committee of the BJP chaired by President Rajnath Singh yesterday nominated two-time Dharwad MP Prahlad Joshi as the new President of the State unit of the party to succeed K.S. Eshwarappa, who quit the post recently.

Though four other names including former CM D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Mangalore MP Navin Kumar Kateel, Kannada and Culture Minister Govind Karajola and Dy. CM R. Ashok were doing rounds, the party is reported to have chosen non-controversial Dharwad MP to steer the party in the coming Assembly elections.

The party high command, which had a tough time selecting the new President owing to internal differences, has appointed Sadananda Gowda as one of the office-bearers of the National Committee as both the RSS and Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar were learnt to have opposed the nomination of DVS as the new President.

Though some party leaders felt that Ananth Kumar played a major role in Joshi’s selection, Joshi reportedly said that he would take every leader into confidence to ensure that the party retained power in South.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore