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Karnataka CM rules out axing ministers, cabinet reshuffle

Last updated on: November 09, 2009 13:07 IST

Stung by the internal revolt within the party against his style of functioning, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday vowed to 'work together' in the future for the development of the people and the state.

"You will see a different Yeddyurappa from tomorrow," he told reporters at midnight at his residence, on arrival from New Delhi, where the Bharatiya Janata Party evolved an 'amicable settlement' to end the two-week long stalemate following the revolt.

Expressing relief over the crisis having blown over, he said, "Now I am extremely happy".

Refusing to divulge details of the compromise formula, he said they would be clear within a few days. The chief minister, who arrived to a rousing welcome by his supporters at the airport, said he would meet Speaker Jagadeesh Shettar on Monday.

Shettar had been the rallying point of the rebel leaders who had demanded that he replace Yeddyurappa. Shettar had earlier refused a ministerial berth offer, made by the ruling party, when the crisis broke out.

He ruled out reports about dropping ministers from his state cabinet or a reshuffle of portfolios, as per the compromise formula adopted by the party top brass.


Although Yeddyurappa is reportedly on three-month 'probation', he is still hopeful about saving his post. He told reporters that a central team comprising BJP's senior leaders is scheduled to arrive in Bengaluru in the next three to four days and the further course of action will be discussed after that.


When asked specifically about reports of axing ministers, Yeddyurappa said, "There is no question of that. There is also no cabinet reshuffle in the near future".


He also evaded queries about another demand put forward by the rebellious Reddy brothers -- Tourism Minister Janardhan Reddy, Revenue Minister Karunakar Reddy, Chairman of Karnataka Milk Federation Somashekhar Reddy and Health Minister B Sriramulu -- to reinstate the transferred officials in Bellary district.


 "It is not a matter I would want to discuss with the media. I would discuss this with the Reddy brothers instead," Yeddyurappa said.


Meanwhile, the Reddy brothers have decided to adopt a wait-and-watch policy. They are not speaking openly about the compromise formula, but sources in the camp confirmed that Yeddyurappa is on probation and his performance in the next three months will decide his political fate.


"The central leadership, which will visit Bengaluru in the next three to four days, will make important decisions and we are hopeful that these changes will be made for the betterment of the state," the sources said.

With additional inputs from PTI

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