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Top BJP leaders to step in to solve Yeddy-Eswarappa face-off

January 04, 2012 15:10 IST

Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party central leadership would step in to end the face-off between former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and state party President K S Eshwarappa over the leadership issue.

"Steps have already been taken to broker peace between the two leaders," Gowda told reporters in Mangalore.

Yeddyurappa had launched a tirade against Eshwarappa a few days ago, alleging that he was instrumental in sending him to jail and was attempting to throw him out of the party.

The angry outburst of Yeddyurappa had come after Eswarappa repeatedly stated that no position could be given to him till he came out clean in corruption cases.

Yeddyurappa had been sulking since he was ousted from the chief ministership after the Lokayukata report on illegal mining indicted him and he is now lobbying for a "suitable position," a move that has created confusion in the party over leadership issue.

Recently, Eshwarappa and Gowda had met BJP leaders L K Advani and Rajnath Singh in Delhi to discuss the issue.

On the visit of Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje's, considered close to Yeddyurappa, to Delhi, Gowda said it was a routine one and it was natural that such visits in the midst of party differences raised eyebrows. "It was a casual visit as she was called by the central leadership," he added.

Gowda also said a ten-day assembly session would be convened from January 30. The budget session will take place in the first week of March, he added.

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