A decision on return of BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka CM will be taken up in the first week of April. Both DV Sadananda Gowda — the present CM — and BSY, who held a series of meetings with top BJP leaders on Thursday, were told they needed to “shut up” and end their public display of rivalry and strength.
As reported by HT a day earlier, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari asked both leaders to first ensure the smooth passage of the Karantaka budget.
In fact, the stern message was conveyed by general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad in the presence of BSY after his meeting ended with Gadkari.
“Gadkari will take an appropriate decision in consultation with the leadership. He has also advised all parties concerned to maintain strict party discipline.”
But his audience with Gadkari and other key leaders left BSY “more than satisfied” that his plea for reinstatement would be favourably considered if he allowed the high command to work out a time table, party sources said.
As he emerged from the meeting with Gadkari and leaders including Prasad, general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan, who is in charge of Karnataka and Ramlal, who is in charge of the party organisation, BSY said: “I am happy with the outcome of the meeting...I am confident that party president and the party will take the right decision in the interest of the party and the people of Karnataka.”
Gowda who also met Gadkari was told to refrain from any public comment about his status after his earlier statement that “there is no leadership change... This issue is not there, there is no change of leadership”.