Will quit if Sadanand becomes CM: Yeddyurappa

The beleaguered Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday said that he is ready to step down if his close associate Sadanand Gowda is chosen to succeed him.

Updated: Jul 28, 2011, 12:35 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The beleaguered Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday said that he is ready to step down if his close associate Sadanand Gowda is chosen to succeed him.

As per reports, the announcement from Yeddyurappa comes hours after the BJP’s central leadership asked him to step down with immediate effect in light of his indictment in the illegal mining report submitted by state’s Lokayukta N Santosh Hedge on Wednesday.

Yeddyurappa made his intentions clear after holding a meeting of his close confidents at his residence to discuss the next course of action.

As per reports, eight ministers, two MPs and several BJP legislators have gathered at the Race Course residence of Yeddyurappa, who returned to Bangalore this morning after parleys with the BJP leadership in New Delhi which went on till 2 am.

Yeddyurappa’s backing for Gowda is being seen as his last ditch effort to retain his hold over Karnataka’s state politics.

Gowda, is known for his clean image and is said to very close to Yeddyurappa. Gowda is a sitting Member of Parliament from the Uddupi Lok Sabha constituency and has served as the state president of BJP in the past.

Interestingly, the BJP leadership is going to send senior leaders Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh as central observers to elect a new leader of the state BJP’s legislative party tomorrow.