- DK Shivakumar played crucial role to protect Congress MLAs from poaching
- BS Yeddyurappa appeared to concede pivotal role that DK Shivakumar played
- He gave him a backhanded compliment describing him as a villain
The BJP had allegedly attempted to lure and coerce some lawmakers from the Congress-Janata Dal Secular alliance but Mr Shivakumar sequestered the lawmakers in hotels in Bengaluru and later, Hyderabad.
The Congress-JDS flock intact, it wasn't much of a problem for Mr Yeddyurappa's successor to clear the floor test.
News agency Press Trust of India said HD Kumaraswamy received 116 votes at Friday's trust vote. Mr Yeddyurappa's BJP had walked out of the assembly minutes earlier after its leader's speech where he predicted that the Congress would regret their choice of chief minister.
When DK Shivakumar sought to object, Speaker Ramesh Kumar told him it was all right.
"One man's food is another man's poison. You are a hero to some and a villain to others," Mr Kumar said.
"I had to object to this (because) it is my duty. For him I may be a villain...khalnayak... but for my party, I have to do my job," said the Congress leader, who was believed to have been unhappy about overlooked for the deputy chief minister's post. That position went to the Congress's Dalit leader G Parameshwara.
"I am not upset, I'm not sulking, I'm not angry. Why should I be angry?" he told NDTV to a question about reports that he was unhappy. Mr Shivakumar said he would leave it to his leader, Rahul Gandhi, to decide what responsibility he should get.
"Whatever he gives, I have to accept it, there is no choice with me," Mr Shivakumar said. "Let Rahulji decide".