The Congress on Friday said the crisis in BJP's Karnataka unit showed that its central leadership was "afraid" of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa who wants to be reinstated there by February 27.
"The whole crisis shows that the BJP leadership, which had removed Yeddyurappa after much embarrassment, is afraid of him," party spokesman Rashid Alvi told reporters.
He also said that it was strange that BJP chief Nitin Gadkari was on the one hand speaking of fighting against corruption, and on the other was giving clean chit to Yeddyurappa and hailing him as a "very respected leader".
The Congress spokesperson's remarks came close on the heels of reports from Bangalore which portrayed that the crisis in BJP's state unit appeared to have worsen with Yeddyurappa insisting on a February 27 ultimatum for his reinstatement.
Yeddyurappa, who was forced to resign more than six months ago after a Lokayukta report indicted him on illegal mining, made it clear to the party chief that he was in no mood to wait any longer.