‘Will do as high command says’
There was no official word on the fate of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa from the BJP brass as another suspense-filled day rolled by on Tuesday, with the party choosing to hold further consultations and reserving judgement. cartoondelhi Updated: Nov 23, 2010 23:17 IST
There was no official word on the fate of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa from the BJP brass as another suspense-filled day rolled by on Tuesday, with the party choosing to hold further consultations and reserving judgement.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari and senior central leaders M. Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley met Yeddyurappa here on Tuesday, and he placed his arguments before them.
A BJP leader said the view in the party seemed to be gradually veering round to Yeddyurappa’s continuation.
“I have worked hard to build the party. There is no question of not obeying the party’s decision,” Yeddyurappa said. He denied any wrongdoing and claimed the support of MLAs.
Naidu said the party would take a considered view.
The three central leaders are reported to have met party patriarch L.K. Advani later. At night, Gadkari, Jaitley and Bal Apte met at the latter’s residence for further discussions.
Sushma Swaraj and Ananth Kumar — known Yeddyurappa baiters — have been opposing his continuation, saying it would harm the party’s campaign against UPA corruption.
However, a BJP leader close to the Karnataka developments claimed that Yeddyurappa was set to survive. “The party is likely to go along with Yeddyurappa till the panchayat polls in Karnataka in late December on the ground that his being at the helm is going to help the party,” he said. “By this time, the matter will cool down and Parliament will be over. The pressure having eased, Yeddyurappa will stay on unless more damning evidence comes up against him, which too cannot be ruled out.”
Yeddyurappa’s strategy in Delhi has been to push the point that he is the tallest Lingayat leader of the state. The Lingayats, a numerically powerful caste, have been supporting the BJP but are likely to ditch the party if it dumps Yeddyurappa.
Yeddyurappa landed here on Monday after securing the support of Lingayat leaders, and met 17 MPs before meeting Jaitley that night, sending a signal that the party would damage itself if it sacked him.