Yeddy`s fate to be sealed today
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 10:12
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: A final decision on whether Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa will continue to remain in office after his name emerged in a land scam will be taken by BJP top brass at 11 am on Wednesday. This was announced by the party president Nitin Gadkari after a meeting of BJP core group here on Tuesday evening.

“I have completed my discussions with party leaders. I will meet Yeddyurappa now and a final decision will be announced tomorrow at 11 am.” Gadkari told media persons after the meeting.

Senior BJP leaders including Gadkari and Arun Jaitley met to discuss the future of Yeddyurappa, who has refused to resign following allegations of nepotism in land allotment.

Party leaders Ramlal and V Satish are among those who attended the meeting at the residence of Bal Apte, RSS pointsman in the party.

The Karnataka Chief Minister, who has been camping in the city along with his supporters since yesterday, has been holding talks with the top central leadership throughout the day.

Several of his supporters including state unit President Ishwarappa and VS Acharya have strongly come out in support of Yeddyurappa.

Some BJP MPs from the state sympathetic to the Chief Minister have met senior leaders L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj to plead his case and suggest that he should continue.

Advani reportedly told them that the central leadership has now authorised Gadkari to deal with the issue.

Senior leader Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu also held discussions with Yeddyurappa this morning to solve the crisis. Yeddyurappa has maintained in public that he will abide by the party decision, but he has also insisted that he has the support of 110-120 MLAs.

Yeddyurappa also claims he has not been asked to resign, an issue on which the central leadership has remained tightlipped.

A faction of BJP leadership seems to be of the opinion that Yeddyurappa should quit as his continuance in office is affecting the party's image and diluting its attack on the government in Parliament on the issue of corruption in 2-G Spectrum allocation, Adarsh Housing Society and Commonwealth Games.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 10:12

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