Yeddyurappa won’t quit for now; BJP breaths easy

Lingayat strongman BS Yeddyurappa blamed Karnataka CM Sadananda Gowda and BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar for the ongoing crisis in Karnataka.

Updated: May 15, 2012, 00:14 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Rebel BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa on Monday announced that he has temporarily put off his decision to quit BJP and will continue to fight his battle within the party.

“I have decided to keep in abeyance my decision to quit BJP in view of appeal by party president Nitin Gadkari and senior leader Arun Jaitley”, 70-year- old Yeddyurappa said addressing a crowded press conference here.

BJP sources said that the party has made it clear to Yeddyurappa that DV Sadanand Gowda will continue as Chief Minister of Karnataka. Yeddyurappa has been asked to wait till he is cleared of all the charges against him.

The former chief minister, who has been sulking over the treatment meted out to him by the party, particularly after Supreme Court order directing a CBI probe into illegal mining during his regime, alleged a conspiracy to oust from the party.

He blamed Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda and BJP general secretary HN Anantkumar and Karnataka BJP chief KS Eswarappa for the crisis which has threatened to rock the first ever BJP government in the south.

Targeting Gowda, whom he had handpicked to succeed him, Yeddyurappa said, "Every day the Chief Minister made statements that are in nature to insult my 40 years of public life. He removed some persons whom I had appointed".
The Lingayat strongman went on to accuse Gowda of “hobnobbing” with JD(S) leaders in working against him. "The Chief Minister`s first priority is JD(S) and not BJP," he said.

Yeddyurappa attacked Kumar accusing him of "poisoning the mind" of party veteran leader LK Advani besides making three vein bid to become chief minister.

Yeddyurappa claimed that he enjoys the support of more than 71 of the 120 BJP MLAs.

“My loyalists are with me even nine months after the change of chief minister. I am grateful to those who stood by me. I will continue to fight my battle within the party”, he said.

Responding to a query, the 70-year-old leader said he had not placed any demand for change in leadership.
"I have not put any condition to Gadkari or Jaitely. I have not asked them to make me chief minister or party president. The High command should depute somebody to study the ground level situation and take decisions," he demanded.

Yeddyurappa, whose repeated attempts to regain chief ministership have come to nought, however, reiterated his demand for convening of the BJP legislature party meeting which had not been held since Gowda became chief minister August last.

The BJP’s Karnataka strongman was addressing the media after holding a crucial meeting with his loyalists to decide his future course of action.

Ahead of his meeting with his followers, the Lingayat leader visited the famous Siddaganga mutt in Tumkur early morning.