Scam-hit Yeddyurappa likely to exit: BJP sources

Under immense pressure from Opposition, BJP sources said Karnataka CM may be asked to resign.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Under immense pressure from the Congress and JDS on controversy over de-notification of prime urban land in favour of his family members, BJP sources said Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa may be asked to leave his post.

The BJP leadership decided
to call Yeddyurappa, who is in
the thick of controversy over de-notification of prime urban
land in favour of his family members, to Delhi for discussions on
the crisis facing the party government in the state.

The Core Group of the party, which met at the residence
of senior leader L K Advani, discussed the current situation
including dissidence in the party against the Chief Minister
who has been accused of nepotism and corruption.

The leadership is said to be of the view that the
political embarrassment in Karnataka has come at a time when
the party is spearheading a campaign against the central
government on the issue of corruption.

Party sources said the leaders were looking for a way
out of the situation but were unclear how to go about it. The
leaders maintained that removal of the Chief Minister may not
be a viable option given the delicate balance in the state

But if it comes to the crunch, the possibility of an
alternative leader from dominant Lingayat community, to
which the chief Minister belongs, cannot be ruled out, party
sources said.

Emerging from BJP`s Core Group meeting, senior leader
Arun Jaitley told reporters that it was decided in the meeting
that the Chief Minister and other important leaders will be
called in the coming one or two days to discuss the entire
subject with the central leadership.

Earlier, party sources had said the Chief Minister was
summoned tonight but reports from Bangalore said Yeddyurappa
cancelled his late night flight booking to Delhi.

Ananth Kumar, MP from Karnataka, who is accused by
Chief Minister`s supporters of fanning dissidence against him,
also attended the Core Group meeting.

Yeddyurappa has acknowledged that his sons, daughter, son-in-law, sister, her son and daughter-in-law have been allotted residential and industrial plots. He has, however, defended the allotment on the ground that his predecessors too had done the same.

Apparently to show he is in full command despite raging row, Yeddyurappa late Thursday appointed 37 legislators to head government-run boards and corporations.

-Agencies inputs