BJP leaders assessing HC verdict's legal impact

Special Correspondent
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Yeddyurappa holds meeting of his supporters at his residence

Bharatiya Janata Party central leaders have commenced the process of examining the legal and political implications of the Karnataka High Court's verdict that has given the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa a clean chit with respect to the corruption charges made in the Lokayukta's report on illegal mining.

According to sources in the party, a few leaders have also raised concerns about implications of a slew of corruption-related cases against Mr. Yeddyurappa, which are outside the ambit of the Lokayukta's report on illegal mining. They are said to be of the view that such cases too are serious in nature and need to be examined before taking a decision on reappointing Mr. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister, even as his supporters argue that there is no need to examine them now as they are not backed by any inquiry reports and that he did not quit as Chief Minister because of those cases.

However, the party central leadership is learnt to have decided to examine all the aspects including the concerns regarding the seriousness of “other” cases.

“The indications are that the party central leadership may take a call on whether to reappoint Mr. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister by Saturday itself,” highly placed sources in the BJP said.

It is learnt that the party central leaders are yet to have any formal discussion with the State leaders on the Yeddyurappa issue so far.


Meanwhile, Mr. Yeddyurappa held a meeting of his supporters at his residence in Bangalore on Thursday. The meeting is learnt to have discussed strategies to be adopted by them to pressure the party high command to get back the chief ministerial position.

The Yeddyurappa camp is learnt to have decided to convert the proposed programme related to his birthday celebrations to be held in Hubli on March 11 as a show of strength to send a strong message to the party high command. The camp is learnt to have invited party central leaders as well as Chief Minister D.V. Sadananada Gowda and State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa to the Hubli programme.

There is also a speculation that the Yeddyurappa camp has also commenced signature collection campaign of party MLAs seeking his reappointment as Chief Minister.

Even as the Yeddyurappa camp is celebrating the court verdict by staking claim for the chief ministerial position, the BJP leaders who are from the organisational background are apprehensive about the impact of the possible leadership change on administration as well as image of the party at a time when hardly a year is left for the Assembly elections.

  • Some leaders raise concerns about implications of a slew of corruption-related cases

  • Yeddyurappa camp has reportedly commenced signature campaign among MLAs




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