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No plan to remove Yeddyurappa, says BJP

Posted by on March 26, 2011 0 Comment

Bangalore, March 26 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday said Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will complete his five-year term despite some party legislators and leaders seeking his removal.

“Yeddyurappa is our chief minister. He will continue and complete his term,” BJP general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan, who is in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, told reporters here.

A group of party legislators, led by state unit president K.S. Eshwarappa, met with BJP leaders in New Delhi Thursday and Friday in an effort to persuade them to remove Yeddyurappa after a string of allegations of corruption and illegal land deals against him.

The group briefed BJP president Nitin Gadkari and other central leaders on several complaints from some ministers and party law makers against Yeddyurappa.

Pradhan, who met Yeddyurappa, Eshwarappa and other party leaders Friday and Saturday, said “all issues have been sorted out”.

However, “certain matters are internal and will be sorted out”, he added.

Pradhan said his visit was mainly to discuss party’s preparations for the April 9 bypolls from three assembly constituencies.

“We will fight the polls unitedly,” he said.

On whether BJP would ask Yeddyurappa to quit if police register a complaint (first information report) against him over alleged illegal land dealing, Pradhan said: “I am not good at law. There are various views on it (nature of FIR).”

One view is that it cannot be a ‘formal’ FIR but a ‘technical’ one as the court has only asked the police to “enquire and submit the findings to it”.

A Bangalore court Thursday directed police attached to the office of the Lokayukta (ombudsman) to probe the charge and submit a report by May 4.

The court order followed a private complaint by two advocates who have been granted permission by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj to launch criminal proceedings against Yeddyurappa over alleged corruption and illegal land deals.

Though opposition has demanded Yeddyurappa’s resignation in view of the court order, the chief minister has rejected it, saying no case has been made out yet and the probe is still on.

Eshwarappa too maintained the same stand but said if allegations were probed, the party will take action “whatever be the position a person is holding”.

“As of now it is only allegations. Our party will take action if they are proved,” he told reporters in Hubli, about 400 km from here.

He also said during his Thursday-Friday visit to New Delhi along he had conveyed to party central leaders “about the problems some ministers and legislators have regarding development works in their areas”.

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