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Yeddyurappa likely to meet central leaders

Embattled Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who has been summoned by BJP leadership following the controversy on allocation of prime urban land to his family members, is likely to meet party's top brass in Delhi on Saturday along with other senior leaders from the state.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2010 11:27 IST

Embattled Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who has been summoned by BJP leadership following the controversy on allocation of prime urban land to his family members, is likely to meet party's top brass in Delhi on Saturday along with other senior leaders from the state.

"The Chief Minister is today travelling to Karwar in north Karnataka to attend a day-long government function. He is scheduled to fly to Delhi tomorrow evening," party sources said.

The political embarrassment in Karnataka has come at a time when the BJP is spearheading a campaign against the central government on the issue of corruption.

With the Congress using the issue to launch a counter-attack on BJP, the party's Core Group met at the residence of senior leader LK Advani on Thursday night.

Emerging from the meeting, senior leader Arun Jaitley had told reporters that the Chief Minister and other important leaders will be called in a day or two to discuss the entire subject with the central leadership.

Sources, however, did not rule out Yeddyurappa heading for Delhi this evening if there is any new development. "It depends on how things unfold in Parliament and if there is any direction from the central leaders," they added.

The 67-year-old Chief Minster, who on Thursday ordered a judicial probe into allotment of land in the last 10 years even as the Opposition intensified its campaign for his ouster, was slated to fly to the Capital last night but later cancelled his visit.

The leaders have maintained that removal of the Chief Minister may not be a viable option given the delicate balance in the state politics.

But if it comes to the crunch, the possibility of an alternative leader from dominant Lingayat community, to which the Chief Minister belongs, cannot be ruled out, party sources said.

Karnataka MP Ananth Kumar, who is accused by Chief Minister's supporters of fanning dissidence against him, also attended the Core Group meeting.