Since the political crisis in Karnataka over a change of leadership deepening, according to unconfirmed reports, Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda is all set to resign and BJP's central leadership will announce Jagadish Shettar as the new CM of the state.
Reports said that BJP leader Shettar has a strong backing of former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who has support of majority of MLAs.
However, the central leadership will take the final decision at 6 PM on Saturday. Gowda has already headed for Delhi for the meeting to test his destiny.
Sources said that the resignation of Gowda is final as the decision to replace the present CM has been taken at the BJP core group meeting held today at party president Nitin Gadkari's residence in Delhi.
Even senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh will visit Bangalore shortly after the meeting.
However, party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad refuted the reports saying that that the final decision will be taken after Gowda meets the BJP leaders in the evening today.
Sources said that Shettar is likely to be sworn in before July 16. The crisis again hit headlines after Yeddyurappa revolted again and his loyalists resigned demanding the change of leadership in the state. However, they withdrew their resignations later.
The name of Shettar came in frontline as Yeddyurappa wants his loyalist to be the new CM. Yeddyurappa had been demanding to reinstate him as the CM. But when the central leadership made it clear that he cannot be reinstated, he demanded for Shettar, another leader from his Lingayat caste, to be installed as the CM to remove Gowda.