Yedyurappa has send his resignation to BJP President Nitin Gadkari as Yedyurappa held a meeting with legislators even as the BJP Parliamentary Board asked him to step down following his indictment in the final report of the Lokayukta on illegal mining in the state.
Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh will visit Bangalore tomorrow to finalise new CM.Yedyurappa, the man who led the party to power for the first time in the south, has been asked to resign immediately.
Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sreeramulu, a close confidant of the Reddy brothers from mineral-rich Bellary district -Ministers G Karunakara and G Janardhana who have been indicted in the Lokayukta report met Yeddyurappa after being called by him.Before meeting the Chief Minister, Sreeramulu said the party high command is supreme.”We will abide by the party high command. We are not bigger than high command; we are not bigger than the party. High command decision is final”.
Bommai, as an emissary of Yeddyurappa, was believed to have met the Reddy brothers, amid indications that the Chief Minister has widened his consultations on his options.
Sreeramulu joining the consultations assumes significance as the Reddy brothers had always been associated with the rival camp of Yeddyurappa, who had earlier faced a rebellion led by the mining magnates from Bellary.
Along with Yeddyurappa, the Reddy brothers have been strongly indicted in his findings on illegal mining by Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, which have plunged the state into a political turmoil.
State unit President K S Eshwarappa, whose name is also doing the rounds to succeed Yeddyurappa, said he is confident that the Chief Minister would abide by the central leadership’s decision.
Yeddyurappa’s indictment pertained to violations of the Prevention of Corruption Act, and the Lokayukta also submitted a copy of his report to Governor H R Bhardwaj recommending to him to initiate “further steps”.