Yeddy camp relents, gives up Assembly boycott
Bangalore: In a respite for BJP facing a
crisis over the leadership issue in Karnataka, state party
strongman B S Yeddyurappa today agreed to end the boycott of
assembly by his loyalist MLAs heeding to the advice of the
party's central top brass.
"We have decided to attend the budget session tomorrow when
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda presents the budget. We
will also participate in the House proceedings", Minister for
Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai announced after a meeting of
Yeddyurappa loyalists at a private resort here where they are
huddled since the latest crisis over the leadership issue
broke out last week end.
Bommai said BJP President Nitin Gadkari and senior leader
Arun Jaitley spoke to Yeddyurappa and assured him a decision
will be taken to resolve the Karnataka crisis as soon as
possible, which prompted them to end the boycott.
Making maters worse for the D V Sadananda Gowda government,
Yeddyurappa's loyalists, who are demanding his resinstatement
as chief minister, earlier in the day boycotted the opening
day of the budget session.
Bommai said the BJP Core Committee was likely to meet in
Delhi tomorrow to discuss the Karnataka issue and arrive at
a "convincing decision".
"In the light of this positive assurance, we have decided
to attend the budget session. We realise the importance of the
budget to us and also to the people of the state", he said.
Bommai stoutly defended the earlier decision to boycott
saying "it is not to disrespect the budget. But to clear
certain misinformation that was spread about the numerical
strength of Yeddyurappa. We know the value of the budget".
He said Gadkari, during his telephonic conversation with
Yeddyurappa, told him that the party was aware of the
situation, support enjoyed by him and also his political
The BJP central leadershp has been in constant touch with
Yeddyurappa and discussed various facets of the crisis, Bommai
Maintaining that the meeting at a resort was not to bring
disrepute to the government, he said it was only to prove the
strength of Yeddyurappa and also highlight the high court
verdict clearing him of the corruption charges made against
him in Lokayukta report on illegal mining.
Bommai said the supporters of Yeddyurappa were now
convinced that the party high command has "correct
information" on the situation. It will be a win-win situation
As signals from his party high command emnated over easing
the situation, Sadananda Gowda said he would present his
maiden budget tomorrow.
Targeting Sadananda Gowda, the Yeddyurappa camp had aimed
at scuttling presentation of budget by him and roped in about
65 MLAs shepperding them into the private resort since March
Yeddyurappa, besides deputing a 12-member MPs team to hold
parleys with BJP central leadership, also sent the list of the
65 MLAs to the party with a hope to get a decision in his