Congress open to accept irked Yeddyurappa

Congress is prepared to accept BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa into the party, but only after `careful examination`, Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said.

Hubli (Ktk): Congress is prepared to accept
former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa
into the party, but only after "careful examination" of the
details provided by him, Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday said.

"If Yeddyurappa desires to join the Congress, he will be
admitted only after a careful examination of the details
provided by him," Kharge told reporters here.

The relationship between Yeddyurappa and the BJP Central
leadership is strained after party president Nitin Gadkari
rebuffed the veteran leader`s bid to regain the chief
A defiant Yeddyurappa, who had to step down as chief
minister after being indicted in the Lokayukta report into
illegal mining, had said yesterday that he and his followers
would not attend a meeting convened by Gadkari in New Delhi on
March 3.

Speculation is rife that the disgruntled Yeddyurappa will
leave BJP and float a new party or join another party.

Kharge also said his party was ready to face early
elections, but would not topple the BJP-ruled government in
Karnataka as it would "fall on its own" due to internal
"The Congress is prepared for any early election, but does
not intend to topple or destabilise the BJP government as it
would fall on its own due to internal party bickerings," he
said. If the government falls, Congress would not be
surprised, Kharge added.

"Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda should resign as he had
no control over the government and is helpless," he said.

Accusing the BJP of practising "double standards", Kharge
said the party was hitting out against corruption at the
Centre but was supporting it in the state.

Meanwhile, Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily told
reporters in Mangalore that the state was facing a political
crisis and asked the BJP to dissolve the Assembly to restore


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