The BJP brass on Monday threw its weight behind Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa but also decided to address the issues raised by the rebels.
Party seniors, who met under the leadership of LK Advani, were in favour of continuing interactions with the rebel MLAs upset with Yeddyurappa’s style of functioning.
Though no formula to satisfy the rebels — led by the Reddy brothers — could be immediately finalised, the party leaders want the CM to ensure their complaints were “minimised”, if not eliminated, BJP sources told Hindustan Times.
The leaders were not in favour of a tough stand against the rebels, as sought by the CM’s camp, to salvage the party’s first government in the south.
A deal could be worked out by Wednesday, when the CM comes to Delhi, the sources said.
Karnataka Speaker Jagadish Shettar may get a cabinet berth and wings of ministers considered close to the CM might be clipped. No change in portfolios of the ministers considered close to rebels and no toll on mining lorries, as demanded by the Reddy brothers, could also be part of the compromise formula.
Yeddyurappa, however, is against taking back the cases filed against the Reddy brothers concerning their mining business. He is also not in favour of giving them a free hand in northern Karnataka. But, party leaders have urged him to be flexible.
Earlier in the day, Tourism Minister Janardhan Reddy met the central leaders, including Arun Jaitely, to convey the grievances of his family as well as other MLAs.
In the evening, he called on Sushma Swaraj, who conveyed to him the “final view” of the party brass.
“We are fully confident that the crisis in Karnataka will be resolved smoothly. Everything will be resolved,” BJP chief Rajnath Singh said.