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Despite party orders to quit, BSY remains defiant

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa returned to Bangalore and remained defiant as he ruled out his resignation and convened a meeting of party MLAs later in the day, even as the BJP Parliamentary Board met amidst signs that his continuance in office could be untenable in wake of the lokayukta indictment in the mining scam. What Hegde’s report says | Scam links & career graph

delhi Updated: Jul 28, 2011 10:27 IST
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Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa returned to Bangalore and remained defiant as he ruled out his resignation and convened a meeting of party MLAs later in the day, even as the BJP Parliamentary Board met amidst signs that his continuance in office could be untenable in wake of the lokayukta indictment in the mining scam.

The top brass of the BJP met on Thursday morning at the residence of BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who met Yeddyurappa late on Wednesday night.

Sources said usually a meeting of the Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision making body, is called only when some big decision has to be taken, and this is also a pointer that Yeddyurappa's time is up.

Upon his arrival on Wednesday evening with his ministers and close confidants, Yeddyurappa appeared defiant and said he has not been asked to resign.

In the meeting with the party president and senior central party leaders Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Dharmendra Pradhan, the political fallout of the lokayukta report was discussed with Yeddyurappa.

The chief minister tried to convince the central leadership that the charges made in the report were not new and a court case was already pending in the matter.

However, the central leadership conveyed to him that his continuance would weaken BJP's fight against corruption, especially when the monsoon session of Parliament begins next week.