Will BJP bend? Yeddyurappa in Delhi to talk state CM crisis

B S Yeddyurappa

Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today left for Delhi to hold a meeting with BJP senior leaders, including L K Advani, to resolve the crisis in the party's Karnataka unit over the leadership issue.

Before leaving for Delhi, Yeddyurappa told reporters he and some of his party leaders would meet BJP President Nitin Gadkari and General Secretary Arun Jaitley in a bid to resolve the issue.

"We will also meet Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh," he added.

Yeddyurappa said he has a lot of respect for the central leadership and also the RSS. He said he would abide by their decision, whatever it might be.

Yeddyurappa was called to Delhi soon after the results of the Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha bypoll was out. The Congress won the seat last held by present Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.

Yeddyurappa, under a directive from the party's central leadership yesterday, called off the boycott of the legislature session. He and his loyalist MLAs participated in the session today.

The former chief minister was forced to quit on July 31 last year after a Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicted him. He was, however, given a clean chit by the state high court on March 7.

Ever since, Yeddyurappa has been hankering for the CM's post and has given several deadlines to the party top brass.

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