The Bharatiya Janata Party Central leaders, who are awaiting the outcome of the cases against the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa pending before the Forest Bench of the Supreme Court and the Central Empowered Committee report to be submitted to the court to take a final call on his demand for reinstating him as Chief Minister, on Monday made him cancel his Delhi visit.

Earlier, Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowa, who was in Delhi to attend an official meeting, met the party bosses. Party State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa too left for Delhi in the morning to meet party leaders.

With the rival camp leaders visiting Delhi and calling on party central leaders, Mr. Yeddyurappa too wanted to be there. He was almost getting ready to leave for Delhi when he got a call from a prominent central leader, who reportedly asked him to cancel his Delhi visit. Sources said that Mr. Yeddyurappa had cited some legal work related to CEC cases as reason for coming to Delhi. He was told by the central leader to focus on the legal work from Tuesday or Wednesday as all the three leaders coming to Delhi on the same day would only trigger political speculation and add to confusion, party sources said.

Meanwhile, the party high command is said to be waiting for April 20 — when the CEC is expected to submit its report to the apex court on whether a CBI inquiry is needed with respect to the alleged role of Mr. Yeddyurappa in illegal mining — to decide on the former Chief Minister's demands.

Though Mr. Sadananda Gowda told mediapersons in Delhi that he expected an early clearance by the party high command to expand his ministry, party sources made it clear that the central leaders had made it clear that the ministerial expansion could take place only after a clear picture emerges on Mr. Yeddyurappa's demands.

Meanwhile, Mr. Eshwarappa returned from Delhi on Monday itself after holding consultations with party national organisational general secretary Ramlal. The party is learnt to have decided to ensure that its organisational programmes, such as holding of series of conventions by its front organisations, should not suffer due to the delay in ending the confusion over leadership issue.

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