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Jaitley's trouble shooting mission fails

As differences between Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and dissidents led by three influential ministers persisted, BJP leadership summoned the warring factions to Delhi for talks.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2009 19:53 IST

As differences between Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and dissidents led by three influential ministers persisted, BJP leadership summoned the warring factions to Delhi for talks.

BJP central observer Arun Jaitley who is camping here to resolve and defuse the crisis, told reporters, "I have spoken to both sections. The party will resolve the crisis soon".

Winding up his three-day hectic parleys with Yeddyurappa, ministers, MLAs and dissidents led by Tourism Minister Janardhana Reddy, Jaitley, however, repeated that there would be no change in Yeddyurappa's leadership whose government was functioning well.

He declined to specify when the crisis was likely to be resolved, saying "no time frame is set". Party leaders from Karnataka will come to Delhi for further dialogue with the party high command, he added.

BJP high command had deputed Jaitley, also in-charge of Karnataka affairs, on October 28 to iron out differences between Yeddyurappa and three ministers-- Janardhana Reddy, his brother Karunakara Reddy and their loyalist Sreeeramulu, who are unhappy with the Chief Minister over his style of functioning.

Karunakara Reddy said he has been summoned to Delhi for talks by the Central leadership.

On demands placed by the three ministers, all from Bellary district, he said there were none and "problems" faced by MLAs had been brought to the notice of Central leadership.

"MLAs are dissatisfied", Karunakara Reddy said.

On whether they were seeking to prop up leadership of Assembly Speaker Jagadish Shettar, whom the rebels have been projecting as the chief ministerial candidate, Karunakara said since he was the speaker it was not proper to comment on the issue.

Jaitley has also asked Shettar to reach Delhi in the evening for further consultations, party sources said.

Janardhana Reddy said in Bellary that the state needs "able and good leadership" and asserted that BJP government would complete its five-year term.

Rebels, gunning for Yeddyurappa, insist on change of leadership for smooth continuance of the government.

Meanwhile, rebels were engaged in the number game contacting MLAs to support them.

BJP National General Secretary Anantkumar, who joined Jaitley in defusing the crisis, said "whatever differences are there will be sorted out and the crisis resolved soon."

Sreeramulu, a trusted aide of Reddy brothers, said the party high command should elicit opinion of MLAs on the crisis before taking a decision on resolving it. However, Sreeramulu skirted queries on leadership change remarking "senior leaders will decide it. We will abide by whatever decision the high command takes".

Kalakalppa Bandi, MLA, from Ron assembly constituency, who has identified with dissidents, claimed that more than 60 legislators were in favour of Yeddyurappa's removal and appointing Shettar as Chief Minister.

Speaking to reporters here, he charged that Yeddyurappa neglected party MLAs. He disputed Yeddyurappa's claims that he had the support of more than 70 MLAs and dared him to prove his strength.