Core committee to decide on leadership issue

With Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and his predecessor and BJP strongman, B.S. Yeddyurappa, who is demanding his reinstatement as Chief Minister, presenting their case here on Thursday to party seniors, the BJP leadership is unlikely to disturb the status quo for at least the next few weeks.

Since it was the party's core committee that asked Mr. Yeddyurappa to step down in July last year in view of his indictment by the Lokayukta in the illegal mining scam, sources said the same committee had to meet again to consider his case afresh in view of the Karnataka High Court order quashing a portion of the Lokayukta report and the FIR against him. “Even if some leaders feel that there is a strong case in favour of Mr. Yeddyurappa now regarding his demand, nothing can be decided unless the core committee meets, and no date has been fixed for the meeting so far,” sources said.

Sources added that Mr. Yeddyurappa, who met senior functionaries here, including party president Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi, was asked to be patient till the conclusion of the Legislative Assembly budget session on March 30.

For his part, Mr. Sadananda Gowda claimed to journalists after meeting party seniors to discuss the political situation that he had been assured by the senior leaders here that there would be no leadership change in Karnataka. He indicated that the BJP's defeat in the Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha bypoll was due to party infighting. He was accompanied by State BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa.

‘Trip satisfactory'

Mr. Yeddyurappa said he was still confident that the leadership would do justice to him (by reappointing him Chief Minister) and his Delhi trip was satisfactory. “I am confident that the party leadership will take the right decision in the interests of the party and the people of Karnataka,” he said.

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