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BJP struggles to solve K’taka impasse
Published on 4 Nov. 2009 1:36 AM IST
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday struggled to end the nine-day old crisis in it Karnataka with rebels insisting on the removal Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, ignoring party chief Rajnath Singh’s assertion that he would continue to lead the state. Yeddyurappa sent out contradictory signals while talking to reporters in Bellary, stronghold of Tourism minister G. Janardhana Reddy and his elder brother and Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy, who are leading the campaign against him. The Reddy brothers are mining barons in Bellary, which is rich in iron ore and is 400 km from Bangalore. Yeddyruappa hoped the crisis would be resolved in a day or two as the BJP leadership was talking to the Reddys. Janardhana Reddy in New Delhi and Karunakara Reddy in Bangalore dismissed talk of the party favouring Yeddyurappa continuing as chief minister. “It is media creation,” Karunakara Reddy said when asked whether there was any change in their stand since Rajnath Singh had said Yedyurappa would ‘definitely’ continue as chief minister. “The central leadership has not given us any such indication,” he asserted. Janardhana Reddy also maintained the same stand after talking to senior leader Sushma Swaraj, considered close to the Reddy brothers as they joined BJP just ahead of the 1999 Lok Sabha polls and canvassed for her when she took on Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Bellary. Yeddy summoned Grappling with the turmoil in the party in Karnataka, BJP’s central leadership today summoned Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa whose ouster the dissidents are demanding in what appeared a final attempt to defuse the week-old stalemate. Yeddyurappa told reporters that he would be leaving for Delhi tomorrow evening or Thursday morning and added he would abide by any decision of the central leadership. “I will go to Delhi tomorrow or Thursday morning”, the Chief Minister said when asked if he has been summoned by the party’s central leadership. “I just now spoke to (senior party leader) Venkaiah Naidu. He told me about so many developments in Delhi. I will go and discuss it with national leaders”. Yeddyurappa expressed confidence that the crisis would be resolved. “Every thing will be clear”. Asked if he was ready for a “compromise formula”, he said he would discuss with the party’s central leadership. On the dissidents’ demand for dropping some ministers and cancelling transfer of officials, he said he did not want to discuss the issue with the media.

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