The BJP won’t encourage parading of MLAs by rebel leaders of Karnataka for a show of strength, though it has asked them and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to come here for talks.
The party had adopted a similar approach in the case of Rajasthan when BJP legislators opposing the removal of Vasundhara Raje as the Leader of Opposition wanted to hold a show of strength in her favour, a senior BJP leader said.
The rebel leaders were planning to fly 60 of the 117 MLAs to Delhi to present them before L.K. Advani, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and other leaders.
But Singh and Swaraj discussed the issue on Saturday, and decided that public parading of legislators won’t be encouraged.
“We’ll talk to everyone and the issue will be sorted out in a day or two,” said Swaraj, Deputy Opposition Leader.
The high command is not in a mood to replace him but wants him to mellow down. Yeddyurappa, too, indicated he was ready for a patch-up.
“If somebody has done anything in the grip of emotion...we can change our stand in the interest of the people and development...we can join hands", he said in Bangaore.
Yeddyurappa said there were no differences with the Reddy brothers, Janardhana and Karunakar, and Health Minister B Sriramulu, who are spearheading the campaign against him.
The CM, however, said he was not on his way out and would visit Delhi on November 4 for discussions.
But Sriramulu claimed that the dissidents had the support of 60 of the 117 BJP MLAs in the 224-member House.
The loyalists say the Reddy brothers don’t have the support of more than 40 MLAs, 25 of who come from northern districts.
Speaker Jagdish Shettar, who the rebels want as the CM, arrived in Delhi to meet central leaders. Home Minister V.S. Acharya and Karnataka's special representative Dhananjay Kumar called on BJP general secretary Ram Lal.