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'New formula to end K'taka crisis'

PTI  Bangalore, November 03, 2009
First Published: 12:36 IST(3/11/2009) | Last Updated: 12:39 IST(3/11/2009)

A day after receiving full backing from the party's top brass, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said BJP's central leadership is coming out with a "new formula" to end the week-long crisis following dissidents' demand for his removal.


Continuing his conciliatory tone, Yeddyurappa recalled the contribution of Ministers Karunakara Reddy and Janardhana Reddy, the two brothers who have been spearheading the campaign for a change of guard, during government formation in May last year when BJP fell short of a simple majority and independents were roped in to back to BJP dispensation.

"Today with all humility, I want to tell you something... It's true that in some bad moment, some political confusion had taken place. When we were forming the Government, we needed the cooperation of Reddy brothers and they gave the cooperation," he told reporters in Bellary, the home district of the Reddy brothers.

"Thereafter because of some misunderstanding, there is some confusion. The party's central leadership is correcting this and they have spoken to them (Reddy brothers) yesterday. The problem is being resolved with (senior party leader) HN Ananath Kumar in the lead," he said.

At a meeting with the rebel leaders in Delhi yesterday, the central leadership decided to rally behind Yeddyurappa, credited with bringing the saffron party to power for the first time in the south, though the decision failed to satisfy the dissidents who remained firm on his ouster.

"Perhaps today, we are trying to resolve the issue by coming out with a new formula," he added but did not elaborate the issues to be discussed.

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