Yeddy steady is BJP verdict

Written by Political Bureau | Bangalore | Updated: Nov 25 2010, 06:31am hrs
The BJP on Wednesday decided to continue BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka chief minister, ending uncertainty over the fate of the party leader accused of illegal land transactions favouring his family. BJP president Nitin Gadkari said the party arrived at the decision after consultations with senior party leaders and after the chief minister wrote to him on the charges.

Yeddyurappa has denied the allegations and has offered his response, both publicly as well as to the party, Gadkari said. The CM has proposed that the party should look into any allegation against him and assured of adequate cooperation in the same.

Earlier this week, Yeddyurappa had ordered a judicial probe by a retired Karnataka High Court judge into illegalities in the denotification of land and allotment of housing and industrial sites in the state over the past 15 years.

Yeddyurappas exit had been seen as imminent with the BJP coming under pressure to act against him to support the partys demand for a JPC probe into the 2G scam.

However, Yeddyurappa, who had maintained that he would continue as the CM, got the backing of the Karnataka MPs as discussions stretched through Tuesday and veered in his favour.

The fear of alienating the Lingayats Yeddyurappas community which accounts for the largest chunk of the states electorate is seen as one of the reasons for the partys decision while the upcoming zilla and taluk panchayat elections in the state is also seen as forcing its hand in his favour.

Asked if the crisis was over or if the decision were a stop-gap measure, Yeddyurappa said, I am going to complete two and half years and I will see that the BJP government will come back with an absolute majority of more than 150 seats.

Yeddyurappa had survived a bid to oust him from the post in October also when rebel MLAs withdrew support to him and forced a vote of confidence.