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Yeddyurappa rules out leadership change

india Updated: Nov 05, 2009 16:19 IST

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Ruling out change in leadership in dissidence-hit Karnataka BJP, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday said he was ready to discuss issues with anybody to resolve the problem including the Reddy brothers, who have been spearheading the revolt.

"In the interest of the state, I am ready to discuss (the issues) with anybody and solve the problem. Whatever decision the national leadership is going to take, that is going to be the final decision," he told TV channels.

"I am trying my level best to meet the Reddy brothers (Tourism Minister Janardhana Reddy and Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy) today," he said, hoping that the crisis will be resolved in a day or two.

Asked if he was ready to demands of the dissidents, he said, "That is for the national leadership to decide".

On whether he would be stepping down, he said, "The national leaders have already cleared that the question does not arise. They have accepted that I will be the future leader also.

"The only thing is that we have to sit together, discuss and solve the problem. Maybe there are some differences of opinion," he said.

He said, "Nobody, even the national leaders have come forward with any formula and at the time of discussions, if they (dissidents) suggest anything in the interest of the state, I will ask our national leaders to take a final decision".

The Chief Minister said he did not have any reservation about meeting anyone since the leaders had to work together keeping in view the interests of the state.