New Delhi/Bangalore: The Bharatiya Janata Party has asked and adviced Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to step down, saying that his continuance in office is untenable in wake of the state Lokayukta''s indictment of him in a report related to a mining scam in Karnataka.
The BJP Parliamentary Board met at party president Nitin Gadkari's residence in Delhi today to decide the fate of Yeddyurappa. There is a unanimous view in the party that a change of leadership is required in Karnataka. The BJP has deputed senior leaders Arun Jaitely and Rajnath Singh to go to Bangalore as observers on Friday to determine who will succeed Yeddyurappa as chief minister.
Gadkari has had a meeting with Yeddyurappa late last night and reportedly told him to resign immediately.
Yeddyurappa, however, continues to remain defiant and has ruled out his resignation. He left for Bangalore early this morning and according to television channel reports, has convened meeting of state party lawmakers to decide on the next course of action.
Yeddyurappa appeared defiant and said he has not been asked to resign and said that he could seek a dissolution of the state assembly. He has also met senior central party leaders Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Dharmendra Pradhan, and the political fallout of the Lokayukta report was discussed with Yeddyurappa.
The Chief Minister tried to convince the central leadership that the charges made in the report were not new and a court case was already pending in the matter.
However, the central leadership conveyed to him that his continuance would weaken BJP's fight against corruption, especially when the Monsoon Session of Parliament begins next week.