Bangalore: The ruling BJP government in
Karnataka on Saturday postponed from August 12 to 14 its `Jan
Jagruthi` rally at Mysore, a counter to the Congress padayatra
over illegal mining issue, to facilitate participation of
senior party leader L K Advani.
The rally is the third in the series of the four being
held by the ruling party. The fourth will be held in Bellary
on August 20.
The BJP has already staged two such rallies in Davanagere
The party`s core committee meeting, chaired by Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa debated various organisational
issues, but not the question of cabinet reshuffle, state unit
BJP President K S Eswarappa told reporters here.
"The issue of cabinet reshuffle did not come up for
discussion at today`s meeting," he said in reply to queries.
The meeting decided that a delegation of state MPs meet
President Pratibha Patil to plead for her consent to the
state`s legislation to ban cow slaughter, he said.
Besides Eswarappa, the meeting was attended by National
General Secretary H N Anantkumar, Rural Development Minister
Jagadish Shettar, former president of the state unit D V
Sadananda Gowda and RSS leader M Jayadev.
The meeting, which had two sittings -- at the official
residence of Yeddyurappa in the morning and later at the
residence of an industrialist, reportedly discussed
appointment of chiefs to various Boards and Corporations.
Sources said some leaders disfavoured Yeddyurappa`s idea
to go in for cabinet expansion to fill up two existing
vacancies and suggested that it be taken up after zilla
panchayat and taluk panchayat elections.
They said Yeddyurappa stressed that he be permitted to
reinduct Shobha Karandlaje, forced to resign as part of the
truce between the BJP high command and dissidents led by Reddy
brothers to douse the revolt in October last year.
Yeddyurappa is also pressing for the core committee
approval to induct former minister V Somanna, who quit the
ministry after his defeat in the assembly bypoll from
Meanwhile, Revenue minister G Karunakar Reddy denied
reports that he was opposed to a ban on export of iron ore, "a
decision which has already been welcomed."
He said he had only expressed his personal opinion to
reporters yesterday by saying that mining owners should have
been given two months time to lift stocks.