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Yeddy’s challenge to BJP still on

Since July last year, when B S Yeddyurappa was removed as the chief minister of Karnataka his persistent threats have kept the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) busy. Now to step up pressure on the central leadership of the party, Yeddyurappa has set 5 July as the deadline for removal of Sadananda Gowda as chief minister. The former chief minister wants Jagadish Shettar as Gowda's replacement.

The BJP in-charge of Karnataka Dharmendra Pradhan said that the crisis in the state would be resolved soon.

'We will be able to find a solution to the situation,' said Pradhan.

On whether Gowda would remain the chief minister, Pradhan said, 'As of now, he will remain on the chair and let's see how things shape out in future.' He also appealed to the ministers to withdraw their resignations to facilitate talks. Ten Yeddyurappa loyalists had tendered resignation in his support.

Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha members, MLAs and MLCs who belong to the Yeddyurappa camp met him at the the residence of Shettar. 'We have unanimously decided to appeal to the high command to make Shettar the chief minister,' said Raju Gowda, the minister for small-scale industries and Yeddyurappa loyalist.

Claiming to have a support of 55 MLAs, Gowda said that if the party high command did not convene a legislative party meeting, the legislators of the Yeddyurappa camp would convene one.

Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda will meet senior leaders of the party in New Delhi on Monday.
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