File photo of B S Yeddyurappa
File photo of B S Yeddyurappa

BSY confident Gadkari will take "appropriate decision" on his reinstatement request

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, March 22, 2012

Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who is trying to persuade the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership to reinstate him in that position, met party president Nitin Gadkari here today and later expressed confidence that the party would take "an appropriate decision".
BJP General Secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was also present at the meeting, told mediapersons that Gadkari had also held separate meetings with Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, state BJP chief K Eshwarappa and senior leader Jagdish Shettar.
He said they discussed the current political situation in the state and that Gadkari gave them a patient hearing.
Prasad said Gadkari would take an appropriate decision in consultation with the BJP's central leadership. He said Gadkari had also advised all concerned to maintain "strict party discipline".
Yeddyurappa said he was happy with the outcome of his discussions with Gadkari. The former Chief Minister has been insisting on being reinstated after the Karnataka High Court recently set aside the Lokayukta order against him in the illegal mining case.
"I am happy with the outcome of the meeting...I am confident that party president and the party will take the right decision in the interest of the party and the people of Karnataka," he said.
He said the BJP president had, in the past, assured him that he would be reinstated if he was cleared by the court.
Earlier, Gowda had told the media that he had been told by the party leadership that there would be no change of leadership in the state at present.
The meetings came a day after the BJP suffered a humiliating defeat in the bye-election to the Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha seat. The seat was held by Gowda and had been vacated by him to take over as the Chief Minister after Yeddyurappa had been asked to step down in August last year.
The BJP leadership is under pressure to give in to Yeddyurappa's request in view of the support he enjoys among the party's MLAs in Karnataka.