Bangalore: Remaining defiant after being
rebuffed by BJP President Nitin Gadkari in his bid for
regaining Karnataka chiefministership, state party strongman B
S Yeddyurappa on Saturday said he and his followers would not attend
a meeting convened by him in New Delhi on March 3.
"I and my followers will not be going to New Delhi to
attend the Karnataka BJP Core Committee meeting called by
Gadkari," he told reporters here, a day after the party chief
categorically ruled out any change in the leadership of Chief
Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.
Instead of attending the Delhi meeting, Yeddyurappa
said he would discuss the issues (apparently referring to
making him Chief Minister or giving a position in the state
BJP unit) with his supporters on February 27 and thereafter
convey the decision to the central leadership of the BJP.
Gadkari, after the `Chintan Manthan Baithak` held here
yesterday, had strongly indicated that Yeddyurappa has to
clear his name in corruption cases before being considered for
any position and said he had called the state BJP core
committee meeting to sort out `minor` differences on March 3.
In an apparent move to save any possible embarrassment,
the party had yesterday curtailed its two-day session to less
than a day but maintained that it was done to devote more time
to the March 18 Udupi-Chikamagalur Lok Sabha by-poll.
Yeddyurappa, on his 69th birthday on February 27, has
convened a meeting of all BJP legislators, MPs and party
workers to discuss the present political situation.
Asked about the issues to be addressed at the February 27
meeting, he said it would chalk out a strategy to face the
Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha by-poll and strengthen the party.
Yeddyurappa also said Gadkari has expressed pain over
media reports that he has sent a strong warning to him
(Yeddyurappa) on demand for change in leadership. "... Gadkari
has expressed regret saying he had never made such remarks.
The media is beaming false news ...," he claimed.
He alleged that the opposition parties through media were
making attempts to dislodge him from BJP, but their efforts
would not fructify.