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Yeddyurappa to reach Delhi this evening

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is likely to reach the capital later this evening to meet the party top brass to explain his position over the controversy on allocation of prime land to his family members.

delhi Updated: Nov 19, 2010 17:57 IST

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is likely to reach the capital later this evening to meet the party top brass to explain his position over the controversy on allocation of prime land to his family members.

Simultaneously, the state core group is set to hold a separate meeting here with BJP President Nitin Gadkari to discuss the crisis in the state.

Yeddyurappa, who was summoned by the party high command to the capital to discuss the crisis induced by the expose over favouritism by him in land allotments to his sons, is likely to cut short his on-going visit to Karwar in North Karnataka and fly to Delhi.

The Chief Minister was earlier scheduled to spend another day in Karwar for a programme on Bhagyalakshmi, a welfare scheme for the girl-child and was to fly to Delhi tomorrow evening.

Party sources said Karnataka core group, including state unit Chief K S Eshwarappa, his predecessor Sadanand Gowda and others are already camping in Delhi to meet top BJP leaders. The core group will hold a meeting with Gadkari later in the evening today when he returns from Lucknow.

While there is speculation that Yeddyurappa's exit is imminent, the BJP top brass is said to be weighing all the pros and cons before taking a decision.

One option being explored is replacing Yeddyurappa, whose involvement in the land scam has taken virtually taken the sting out of BJP attack on the Government on corruption, with another Lingayat leader Jagdish Shettar.

Yeddyurappa has already made several enemies within and outside the BJP in his 29-months as Chief Minister. While a faction of the party led by senior leader Ananth Kumar is gunning for him, Reddy brothers- the mining barons- would also be happy to see him go. They have the support of senior leader Sushma Swaraj.

The present BJP government in Karnataka has been mired in crisis after crisis since it was formed. Most of the problems have been caused by rebellions within the party.

Even the senior leaders supporting Yeddyurappa, who also has the confidence of the RSS, are finding it difficult to defend him on the land scam.

Senior leader L K Advani will not be part of the meetings in Delhi today on the Karnataka crisis as he left for Mumbai to attend a funeral.

Meanwhile, sources close to Yeddyurappa are still hopeful he will pull out of this crisis as well. He had surrendered all the plots alloted to his sons and also ordered a judicial inquiry into the issue.

Whether this would convince the BJP top brass and for how long would determine Yeddyurappa's fate, said sources.