Crisis facing BJP govt in Karnataka persists

Crisis facing BJP govt in Karnataka persists

By: || Updated: 19 Mar 2012 02:09 AM

The crisis facing the BJP government in Karnataka on Monday showed no
signs of abating with the BS Yeddyurappa camp sticking to its guns
demanding his reinstatement as chief minister.

MLAs loyal to the Karnataka BJP strongman are lodged in a resort on the
city outskirts and appeared in no mood to soften their stand. Yeddyurappa
is also keen on presenting the budget himself.

Yeddyurappa loyalist Beluru Gopalakrishna claimed that as many as 59 MLAs
are their camp and that the number would swell to 70 by Monday.

Gopalakrishna said the party's central leadership had assured them that
Yeddyurappa would be reinstated after he comes clean in an illegal mining

The BJP had forced Yeddyurappa to quit in July 2011 after he was indicted
by the Lokyukta report on illegal mining that had triggered a political
storm in the state.

Recently, the high court quashed the charges against him in the report and
also the reference made by the governor to the Lokayukta to file an FIR
and investigate them.

BJP state president, KS Eshwarappa, told reporters that the state unit
would abide by any decision taken by the central leadership. The party's
central leadership was watching the developments, he said, adding, it
would decide on Yeddyurappa's "desire".

BJP's leadership is reportedly divided on the issue of reinstatement of
Yeddyurappa who intensified his power struggle on Sunday by claiming
support of over half of party MLAs and demanded that the central
leadership convene a legislature party meet within 48 hours.

"Wait for 48 hours. It is not a deadline. I am sure the party leadership
will take a decision", he had said, apparently indicating that BJP will
have to take a call on his demand for reinstating him as chief minister
before his successor DV Sadananda Gowda presents his maiden budget on
March 21.

The BJP has a strength of 120 legislators, including the speaker, in the
224-member Assembly.

Amid the crisis, chief minister Gowda celebrated his 59th birthday on a
low key on Sunday and declared he would present the budget.

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