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BJP core group to meet over Karnataka CM issue

To take a decision on replacing Sadananda Gowda with Lingayat leader Jagadish Shettar, discuss Vice Presidential election

The will meet today to take a decision on replacing Chief Minister with leader and finalise the strategy for the Vice presidential election.

BJP President has convened the meeting of the party's core group to take a final decision on making Shettar as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Shettar, who is the Rural Development Minister, is B S Yeddyurappa's choice for the top post in the state.

The party is also likely to appoint a Deputy Chief Minister to placate other senior party leaders representing different communities of Karnataka.

The names of Minister and Karnataka BJP chief are doing the rounds for the post of Deputy Chief Minister.

The will also be discussed by the Core Group.

Sources said since the lacks the numbers, the party may decide not to field a candidate and instead support a candidate put up by one of its allies or a party.

The issues related to the Presidential poll, including the office of profit issue involving candidate Pranab Mukherjee, will also be discussed at the meeting.

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