Karnataka crisis will be resolved soon: Jaitley

The BJP high command on Monday said that the leadership crisis in Karnataka will be resolved soon.

Updated: Mar 19, 2012, 12:11 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Bangalore: Even as Karnataka leader BS Yeddyurappa intensified his campaign to become the chief minister of the state once again, the BJP high command on Monday said that the leadership crisis in the state will be resolved soon.

Speaking to reporters, Leader of Opposition and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitely said, “The trouble in Karnataka BJP is the party’s internal matter, which will be resolved very soon.”

Jaitely further stated, “The BJP high command is in touch with Yedyurappa. I am personally in touch with him. The talks are on and a decision will be taken soon.”

Although he refused to say anything clearly whether Yeddyurappa will be reinstated as the state’s chief minister, Jaitley said, “Any decision in this regard will be taken after proper consultation with party chief Nitin Gadkari.”

When quizzed whether BSY will be asked to quit the party, he said, “The locus for Yeddyurappa’s resignation does not exists since he has got a major reprieve in the corruption charges levelled against him from the court. He was asked to resign after corruption charges were levelled against him in the Lokayukta report, but since there were fatal inaccuracies in its report, the very ground on which he was asked to resign does not exist now.”

However, he assured that the leadership crisis will be resolved soon.
Meanwhile, state’s Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda also refused to say anything on a possible leadership change in Karnataka.

When quizzed by reporters that many BJP MLAs were supporting BSY and were camping in a resort outside Bangalore, Gowda said, “I can’t resist anyone from going anywhere. I can`t stop anyone from doing anything unless there is some disturbance in the functioning of the government.”

It was also reported that after holding consultations with the BJP chief, Yeddyurappa might meet the Governor of Karnataka along with his supporters to stake his claim to the chief miniter’s post.

The clamour for making BSY as the state’s chief minister grew after more than 50 BJP MLAs and ten MPs pledged their support to him and demanded the central leadership to convene a legislature party meet within 48 hours.

At least 60 BJP MLAs today arrived in the national capital to meet the party high command demanding the reinstatement of Yeddyurappa as chief minister.

The Yeddyurappa loyalists led by senior leader GS Basavaraj will submit a memorandum to BJP president Nitin Gadkari seeking a legislature party meeting where Yeddyurappa would be elected as their leader.
In a bid to keep the group of BJP MLAs supporting Yeddyurappa intact, they have been camping at a resort in the outskirts of Bangalore. This has been done to ensure that no BJP MLA is influenced by incumbent Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda or his close associates.

The BJP has a strength of 120 legislators, including the Speaker, in the 224-member Assembly.

The BJP Karnataka strongman, who is keen on presenting the budget himself, has set the new deadline hoping to regain the lost chair, even as the state unit party president KS Eswarappa firmly ruled out change of guard.