Bangalore: BJP general secretary and Karnataka
in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan arrived here on Sunday amid former
chief minister B S Yeddyurappa stepping up his demand for
reinstating him as chief minister.
Speaking to reporters on his arrival, Pradhan said he had
come to the city to attend a private function and not to
He, however, said the leadership issue was in public
domain and the central leadership was aware about it.
Pradhan said he was happy with Chief Minister D V
Sadananda Gowda`s governance and there was nothing wrong in
Yeddyurappa taking out statewide tour in drought-hit areas of
the state. "Yeddyurappa is our leader. What`s wrong if he
visits drought-hit areas?" he said.
However, party sources said Pradhan has been deputed by
the central leadership to hold discussions with rival factions
to bring an end to the Yeddyurappa-Sadananda Gowda feud over
the leadership issue.
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Jagadish
Shettar also met Pradhan and held talks for 30 minutes, the
They said since Gowda and state BJP president K S
Eshwarappa were not in the city, Pradhan would extend his stay
The party sources said Pradhan would discuss various
options before the party with respect to Yeddyurappa`s
Yeddyurappa, who was on visit to drought hit areas,
returned to the city last night.