New Delhi: BJP MPs from Karnataka loyal
to Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa Tuesday demanded a discussion
during the parliamentary party meeting on the issue of his
continuance in office while pledging support to him.
Party sources said that when the weekly parliamentary
party meeting was on, the BJP MPs from Karnataka belonging to
Yeddyurappa`s camp demanded that the ongoing crisis in the
state be discussed.
BJP parliamentary party chief LK Advani told these MPs
that they can come to his office in Parliament after the
meeting and discuss their grievances.
Thirteen Lok Sabha and four Rajya Sabha BJP MPs from the state
had joined Yeddyurappa during a media interaction
Though the Chief Minister has been stating that he will
go by whatever decision the party high command takes, he has
also indulged in subtle acts of defiance by saying that he has
not been asked to step down and that he has the support of
"110-120 MLAs" in the state.
After today`s parliamentary party meeting, senior party
leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters that the central
leadership is seized of the matter and was holding discussions
with state leaders.
"The party is discussing the matter and an appropriate
decision will be taken at an appropriate time," he said.
Yeddyurappa met Naidu at the latter`s residence this
morning. Naidu had earlier stated that Yeddyurappa will abide
by the decision of the central leadership.
The BJP chief minister is likely to meet party
president Nitin Gadkari to discuss the "political situation"
in the state. He may also call on other BJP leaders.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who has been asked by
Gadkari to hold talks with Yeddyurappa and other Karnataka
leaders, is said to be "closely studying" the situation on the
ground and exploring all possibilities, a senior leader said.
Jaitley is also reportedly looking at all the alleged
discrepancies in land allotments done by Yeddyurappa to his
sons and other charges against him.
Party sources said the panchayat elections may be
announced in a day or two and removing Yeddyurappa at this
juncture may affect the party`s performance.
Central leaders indicated that Yeddyurappa should quit
as his continuance is taking the sting out of BJP attack on
the government in Parliament on corruption in 2G Spectrum,
Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Housing Society scams.
However, the BJP central leaders are also worried about
further rebellion in case of Yeddyurappa`s removal. The first
BJP government in Karnataka has a wafer-thin majority of 106
in an Assembly with an effective strength of 208.
Muzaffarnagar: A village panchayat here
has banned the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls, a move
they feel would prevent them from eloping with their lovers.
The all caste and community panchayat met here at Lank
village of the district yesterday and discussed the "bad
effects" of mobile phones on youngsters and passed the order.
"The panchayat has imposed a ban on the usage of
mobile phones by unmarried girls to prevent them from eloping
with young boys against the wishes of their parents,"
panchayat spokesman Rajender Malick said.
Earlier on November 14, the all khap panchayats of
Shoram village in the district had come together to oppose
same gotra marriages, demanding an amendment in the Hindu
Marriage Act, 1955.