As the BJP high command remained firm on BS Yeddyurappa’s exit if the Lokayukta report on illegal mining named him, the beleaguered Karnataka chief minister pinned his hopes on god and the wordings of the report, which is to be submitted on Wednesday.
A downcast Yeddyurappa left Bangalore for Tirupati to offer prayers, even as his government announced the appointment of Justice Shivraj Patil as the new Lokayukta in place of Santosh Hegde whose term gets over by end of this month.
Lokayukta registrar Moosa Kunhi Nayar will submit the final report on illegal mining to state chief secretary SV Rang-anath on Wednesday.
“As of now, BSY is still hopeful he will not be directly indicted,” said a BJP leader. He also pointed out that the Lokayukta Act gives three months to the state to act on its report before the governor can intervene.
But, if the report is too damning, the BJP high command will not wait. In fact, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday had yet another round of discussion with BSY, conveying strongly the high command’s decision that he must quit if the report indicts him.