Yeddyurappa to meet BJP high command today

Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa is making a last ditch attempt to convince the BJP high command that he should be allowed to continue in the top post.

Updated: Nov 21, 2010, 13:50 PM IST

Bangalore: Under mounting pressure to
quit over alleged land scams, Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa is making a last ditch attempt to convince the BJP
high command that he should be allowed to continue in the top
post.

Amid reports that the top BJP leadership is weighing
the pros and cons of axing him to save the party`s image,
Yeddyurappa will leave for New Delhi this evening on his
second visit to the capital in the last three days to present
his case.

The beleaguered Yeddyurappa, under intense attack from
the opposition, particularly JDS, would tell the central
leadership that he commanded majority and that he cannot be
sacked unilaterally, sources close to him said here.

The sources said that more than a dozen ministers
and some MLAs might accompany the Chief Minister to Delhi and
some more may join them later.

The exercise of presenting his flock of ministers and
MLAs is directed at negating the opinion being aired by his
detractors within the party that Yeddyurappa was not popular
among his ministerial colleagues and MLAs, they said.

A group within the faction-ridden BJP, which is
gunning for Yeddyurappa`s scalp, however, is confident about a
change in leadership.

The group claims that the party cannot afford to allow
him to continue after the land scams allegedly involving
Yeddyurappa`s close relatives have been exposed.

The Core Committee of BJP is meeting in Delhi today, a
day after JDS levelled a fresh charge against Yeddyurappa`s
kin that they had sold land worth Rs 20 crore to a mining firm
and raised doubts about its ownership.

Yeddyurappa has rejected the charges and claimed the
opposition wanted to topple his government.

The Yeddyurappa camp is hoping that the high command
might not risk a change in leadership with panchayat elections
likely to be held next month.

PTI