New Delhi: Putting up a brave front
notwithstanding the damning indictment by the Lokayukta on the
illegal mining issue, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa
on Wednesday night ruled out his resignation.
"Why should I resign ?" Yeddyurappa told reporters at
the Delhi airport soon after his arrival here from Bangalore
to meet the BJP top leadership.
"All our all India leaders are with us. All our MLAs
are with us. And the question of my resignation does not
arise," he said before his meeting with BJP president Nitin
"Don`t presume anything," Yeddyurappa retorted when
a reporter quoted BJP sources as saying that he would be asked
to step down.
"I am going to meet Nitin Gadkariji and our all
India leaders and I will explain to them what all is there in
the Lokayukta report," he said.
"There is nothing new in the report," he said
adding, various issues were pending before the Supreme Court
and the Karnataka High Court.
In his report, Lokayukta Santosh Hegde strongly
indicted Yeddyurappa over payment of about Rs.30 crore
kickbacks by a mining firm to his family trust and recommended
his prosecution under the anti-corruption law.
The Chief Minister said the voluminous report is
being studied by his government and senior leaders.
"I have convened a Cabinet meeting tomorrow in
Bangalore where the report will be discussed. The question of
my resigning does not arise".