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Yediyurappa seeks action against Yatnal

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B.S. Yediyurappa
B.S. Yediyurappa

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He has written to the BJP president

BANGALORE: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa is believed to have written a strongly worded letter to president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Rajnath Singh demanding action against former Union Minister and BJP State unit vice-president Basanagouda R. Patil Yatnal for making "baseless accusations" against him.

Sources close to Mr. Yediyurappa told The Hindu that reports that Mr. Yediyurappa had threatened to resign as Deputy Chief Minister were incorrect. They said it was an internal matter of the party, and it was for the party president to take action.

BJP State unit president D.V. Sadananda Gowda has written to Mr. Rajnath Singh about developments in the party in the light of Mr. Yatnal's statements. "It is not a complaint. I have only placed the facts before the party leadership," he said.

Trip cancelled

Mr. Yediyurappa cancelled his visit to New Delhi and held discussions with his supporters. Sources said Mr. Yediyurappa was pained at the "unfair criticism" against him. He had left it to Mr. Rajnath Singh and Mr. Sadananda Gowda to clear "the confusion caused by Mr. Yatnal".

Science and Technology Minister Ramachandra Gowda and Health and Family Welfare Minister R. Ashok expressed unhappiness at the manner in which party matters were discussed in public by Mr. Yatnal.

They said Mr. Yatnal's statements might harm the party's prospects in the State. Mr. Ashok said there were internal problems in all parties.

He felt that the BJP High Command should resolve the issue so that party workers could work unitedly.

Meeting

Mr. Yediyurappa has convened a meeting of Ministers from the BJP here on Friday for hearing their views on how to handle the situation.

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