BJP high command summons Yeddyurappa, likely to axe him

BJP believes Yeddyurappa`s continuance in office was taking the sting out of the party`s attack on the UPA government in Parliament on corruption.

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2010, 13:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid heightened speculation that
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa may have to step
down, the BJP high command Sunday summoned him to the capital.

The decision came at a meeting of senior leaders at
party president Nitin Gadkari`s residence to discuss the
crisis in Karnataka.

Though there was no official word from the party, BJP
sources said there was little option left but to remove
Yeddyurappa as his continuance in office was taking the sting
out of the party`s attack on the UPA government in Parliament
on corruption.

Senior party leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun
Jaitely and Rajnath Singh were present at the meeting.

Yeddyurappa was on Friday summoned to Delhi by Gadkari
to explain his position to the central leadership.

The BJP’s Karnataka core committee including state unit
president KS Vishwarappa, his predecessor Sadanand Gowda,
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Jagdish Shettar
also attended the meeting along with senior central leaders
Arun Jaitley and Anant Kumar.

After the meeting, Jaitley had told reporters that the
central leadership has heard the views of Yeddurappa and other
Karnataka leaders and would take a decision after due
deliberations with senior leaders LK Advani and others.

PTI