Will go by what party decides: BSY

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 24 2010, 06:41am hrs
In a rebellious mode after his party asked him to step down in the wake of allegations of nepotism against him, Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday appeared to have sobered down after meeting some of the top leaders.

His camp, however, stuck to its position that he need not resign and continued to make threatening noises that his exit would seal the fate of the BJP government as well.

Yeddyurappa, who is camping in the capital since Monday, held another round of discussions with senior leaders Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu. He is learnt to have argued that a leadership change would adversely affect the partys prospects in the local body elections which are a month away and took a line that since he has already announced a judicial inquiry into the land scam the party should wait for its outcome.

His camp, on the other hand, continued to lobby for his survival. Sources said at the parliamentary party meeting of the BJP, some MPs who are loyal to him made an unsucessful attempt to raise the issue and later met LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj to plead his case. They are learnt to have argued that the central leadership should get the charges against the chief minister examined before taking a final call and should sent an observer to the state to gauge the mood of the MLAs.