his flock nose- dived from 74 to a paltry 10- 15.
Yeddyurappa got the message and issued a terse statement soon after saying that he would put in his papers by Sunday afternoon. The BJP then mounted more pressure saying that none of his c
onditions would be accepted, but they may be alt39alt39alt39alt39consideredalt39after he failed to get any assurance from the partyalt39alt39s high command on letting him pick his successor, or have a say in the formation of the new ministry, and appoint him as the partyalt39s state unit president, a crest- fallen Yeddyurappa met Jaitley and Singh and surrendered saying he would abide by the leadershipalt39alt39s decision to quit and make way for his successor. ” As per the decision taken by the senior leaders of the partyalt39alt39s parliamentary board ( Thursday), I will resign from the chief ministeralt39alt39s post on Sunday afternoon,” Yeddyurappa said in a statement from his official residence.
Minutes later, his loyalist and state Home Minister R Ashoka said: ” The exercise to have a consensus candidate to succeed Yeddyurappa will be completed by Sunday afternoon. The statealt39s legislature party will meet to elect a new leader soon after the chief minister resigns.” With 68- year- old Yeddyurappa reiterating that he would submit resignation to Governor H R Bhardwaj on Sunday afternoon, Jaitely and Rajnath Singh went about their business of seeking the opinion of the legislators individually for choosing the new leader.
” About 90 per cent of our legislators met the observers and gave their opinion on their choice of the new leader. After the remaining members meet them by Sunday morning, we will have a clear picture on who should be named for unanimous election,” Ashoka said.
There is speculation that along with the CM, the powerful Reddy brothers of Bellary too may be dropped and their wings may be clipped. In a surprise move, Infrastructure Development Minister G. Janardhana Reddy, Health Minister B. Sriramulu and Excise Minister M P Renukacharya changed the tune on Saturday and agreed to abide by the decision of the partyalt39alt39s high command.
” Though we are still with Yeddyurappa and want him to continue as the chief minister, we will abide by whatever decision he would take in line with the directive of the partyalt39alt39s high command,” Reddy and Renukacharya told reporters. It may be recalled that the BJPalt39s parliamentary board on Thursday had directed the chief minister to resign following his indictment by Karnataka Lokayukta ( ombudsman) Justice ( retd) N. Santosh Hegde in the multi- crore mining scam.