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BJP defuses Karnataka crisis,ministers withdraw resignation

BJP central leadership buys time for a ‘political solution’ to internal crisis

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi/bangalore | Published: July 3, 2012 1:00:49 am

The faction led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa in the ruling BJP in Karnataka,which is pressing for a replacement of Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda,took a conciliatory step on Monday by complying with the party high command’s demand for withdrawal of the resignations by nine ministers.

Assuring the BJP dissidents “an appropriate decision at an appropriate time”,the central leadership of the saffron party sought to buy some time for a “political solution” to the internal crisis in the poll-bound state.

“The ministers have taken back their resignations unconditionally and have returned to work. We are heading for a political solution in Karnataka,” BJP general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters on Monday.

“Appropriate action will be taken at appropriate time. It has been conveyed to all the sides,” Pradhan added without revealing the contours of the solution being worked out.

Gowda,meanwhile,said he would obey the high command’s decision like a “disciplined soldier” of the party.

“I am a disciplined soldier of the party. Whatever direction my party gives,I am prepared to accept it,” he said. Gowda was in Delhi to attend the post-wedding reception of party president Nitin Gadkari’s son on Monday. He also attended the meeting of all BJP chief ministers at party veteran L K Advani’s residence. The meeting had been called to chart out the party’s strategy to support the presidential bid of P A Sangma.

The Yeddyurappa faction had on Sunday,through a junior MLA,set given the party high command time till July 5 to take a decision on their demand for appointing Lingayat community leader Jagadish Shettar as the CM in place of Gowda,a Vokkaliga leader. On Monday,Shettar denied having set any deadline.

“We have always said that we will abide by the wisdom of our leaders,” Shettar said in Bangalore,following the announcement of the withdrawal of resignations by him and eight other ministers.

“Our central leaders asked for withdrawal of the resignations to create a conducive atmosphere for decision making. They have asked the ministers to go to Delhi for talks,” he said.

Withdrawal of the resignations was a condition laid down by the central leadership to address their demand for appointing Shettar as the CM.

Before leaving for Delhi,Gowda welcomed the withdrawal of resignations and said the party high command would come up with a solution that would benefit the BJP in Karnataka.

“There are drought conditions in various parts of the state,and the government is focused on tackling this,” he claimed in reaction to criticism of the constant bickering in the BJP at the cost of governance.

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