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Warring Karnataka BJP factions called to Delhi for talks

October 30, 2009 12:44 IST
With no end in sight to the infighting within the Karnataka unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, its top leadership has decided to invite the warring factions to New Delhi in order to iron out the differences between them.

Karunakar Reddy, one of the members of the anti-Yeddyurappa faction, told media-persons on Friday that he, along with others, has been invited to New Delhi for talks. He said the central leadership had asked them to be in Delhi on Saturday to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, all talks held with the trouble-shooter Arun Jaitley and other senior leaders of the BJP in Bengaluru appear to have failed, with the Reddy faction sticking to its guns.

Despite being told clearly that there will be no change in the state leadership, they still continue to demand that Yeddyurappa be removed. Further, they have also demanded that they be given either the home portfolio or the industries ministry, and have also asked for a reshuffle in current portfolios.

Yeddyurappa, however, refuses to acknowledge that there is a crisis in the party. "I have said there is no crisis. There are small issues in the party and will be sorted out. But you don't want to believe that," he told newsmen.

Senior leader Jagadish Shettar, who is being pitted by the Reddy faction to be the next CM, has also remained non-committal. He maintains that while there are a few problems in the party, he would speak only to the high command about them.

Given all this, the political drama is expected to continue for some more time. The 15 legislators from the Reddy faction are still in Hyderabad, where they are apparently being shielded from being wooed by the Yeddyurappa faction.

Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru