Effectively rejecting the demands of dissidents, BJP on Monday made it clear that BS Yeddyurappa will continue as Karnataka Chief Minister but said it would hold talks with MLAs and MPs of the state to "smoothly" resolve the "crisis" in the party unit.
"Definitely, definitely," BJP President Rajnath Singh told reporters in New Delhi when asked whether Yeddyurappa will continue as the Chief Minister.
Singh was speaking after over two-hour-long meeting of senior party leaders to discuss the problem in Karnataka that has arisen due to revolt against Yeddyurappa led by Janardhan Reddy and G Karunakar Reddy.
Besides Rajnath Singh, the meeting was attended by senior leader LK Advani and General Secretaries Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and Ram Lal.
Noting that talks are on with various sections of the party unit, Singh said "We are fully confident that the crisis in Karnataka will be resolved smoothly. Everything will be resolved."
The dissidents have been demanding change of leadership and their view was conveyed by Janardhan Reddy to the party high command earlier in the day when he met Jaitley and Kumar.
Yeddyurappa became the chief minister of Karnataka on May 30 last year, heading the first BJP government in South India. Prior to last year's Assembly polls, BJP shared power with JD(S) in a coalition government.