No change in Karnataka leadership: Gowda

Last Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 00:46

New Delhi: Amidst the crisis in Karnataka`s Bharatiya Janata Party unit, Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda Thursday said the party high command had ruled out any change in the leadership in the state.

"I am specifically telling that central leaders have told me that there is no change of leadership at present... no change in any other positions," Gowda told reporters here after meeting party president Nitin Gadkari and other leaders.

Former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and his supporters have been pressurising party`s central leadership for reinstating him as the chief minister.

Yeddyurappa also met the central leadership here this morning, but said that he has left the final decision to them.

"I have left it to the high command, will obey their orders. I don`t have anything in my mind," he told reporters.

Gowda however said he was not aware of Yeddyurappa`s meeting with Gadkari or other leaders.

"I don`t know if Yeddyurappa has come, or had discussion, because he was not there when we discussed the matters," he said.

Gowda also said that his discussions with the central leaders included the election result in Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha seat, which was won by the Congress, and the political situation in the state.

Yeddyurappa was forced to quit July 31 last year after then Lokayukta (ombudsman) found that his family members had received around Rs.30 crore from two mining companies in return for favours. However he campaigned for Gowda to be made his successor and succeeded with Gowda being sworn in Aug 4.

However, Yeddyurappa turned against Gowda soon after and has been insisting on being reinstated.
His demand intensified following the March 7 high court ruling quashing the Lokayukta findings and registration of case against him.

IANS



First Published: Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 00:46

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