New Delhi: Congress on Friday said the crisis in
BJP`s Karnataka unit showed that its central leadership was
"afraid" of former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa who wants to
be reinstated there by February 27.
"The whole crisis shows that the BJP leadership, which
had removed Yeddyurappa after much embarrassment, is afraid of
him," party spokesman Rashid Alvi told reporters.
He also said that it was strange that BJP chief Nitin
Gadkari was on the one hand speaking of fighting against
corruption, and on the other was giving clean chit to
Yeddyurappa and hailing him as a "very respected leader".
The Congress spokesperson`s remarks came close on the
heels of reports from Bangalore which portrayed that the
crisis in BJP`s state unit appeared to have worsen with
Yeddyurappa insisting on a February 27 ultimatum for his
Yeddyurappa, who was forced to resign more than six
months ago after a Lokayukta report indicted him on illegal
mining, made it clear to the party chief that he was in no
mood to wait any longer.