BJP convenes meeting, Yeddyurappa likely to go

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 21:55 hrs
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New Delhi: BJP top brass on Thursday discussed the political fallout of the Lokayukta report in Karnataka with Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and has convened a meeting of its Parliamentary Board- the party's highest decision making body- to take a decision on his continuance in office.

BJP sources said in the wake of Yeddyurappa's indictment by Lokayukta Santosh Hegde in his report, his continuance has become untenable. It appears certain that the Parliamentary Board will decide that Yeddyurappa has to go, sources said.

The meeting will be held at 9:30 am on Thursday at party president Nitin Gadkari's residence.

Sources said usually a meeting of the Parliamentary Board is called only when some big decision has to be taken, and this is also a pointer that Yeddyurappa's time is up.

Upon his arrival here yesterday evening with his ministers and close confidants, Yeddyurappa appeared defiant and said he has not been asked to resign.

In the meeting with party president Nitin Gadkari and senior central party leaders Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Dharmendra Pradhan, 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.

Yeddyurappa, who has convened a meeting of his cabinet in the afternoon, is expected to leave for Bangalore on Thursday morning. 

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