Mounting pressure on BJP leadership for reinstating him as Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa today fielded a rebel candidate for Rajya Sabha polls even as party chief Nitin Gadkari said an "appropriate" decision on his demand will be taken soon.
Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda meanwhile rejected the Yeddyurappa's camp demand yesterday for convening a legislature party meeting within 48 hours, saying it would be called only after presentation of the budget which he is due to unveil on Wednesday. The budget session of the state Assembly commences tomorrow.
The Yeddyurappa camp dug its heels for the second day today with his loyalist Beluru Gopalakrishna claiming that 59 MLAs loyal to the revolting Karnataka BJP strongman are lodged in a resort on the outskirts of Bangalore and showed no signs of softening its stand in bringing him back as Chief Minister.
BJP has a strength of 120 legislators, including the Speaker, in the 224-member Assembly.
B J Puttaswamy, who served as Political Secretary to Chief Minister when Yeddyurappa was at the helm and continued in his post under his successor D V Sadananda Gowda, filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha biennial poll.
"I have filed nomination as a third candidate (of the BJP", he told reporters in Bangalore. BJP has fielded two official nominees from Karnataka.
In the face of the fresh crisis facing BJP, Gadkari said no decision would be made under pressure and asked Yeddyurappa to have patience.
"The party will take an appropriate decision (on Yeddyurappa's demand) soon. But BJP will not take any decision under pressure," the BJP president told reporters in Mumbai.
Gadkari said the party had indeed assured the rebellious leader that he would be reinstated if cleared of corruption charges by the court.
"Things got delayed due to elections and now we will take a decision," he said.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley said the BJP crisis in Karnataka was not serious and that it would be resolved through a collective decision. He said the party is in touch with Yeddyurappa.