Yeddyurappa reaches Delhi to mount pressure on BJP

New Delhi: BJP central leadership appears set to reinstate former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa in the wake of his revolt, on a day the party suffered a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha by election in Udupi-Chikmagalur.

Yeddyurappa arrived here tonight with a clutch of supporters claiming he has no demands but his mission was obvious in that he would be meeting senior party leaders LK Advani, Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley.

He stepped up his campaign for reinstatement ever since the Karnataka High Court set aside the Lokayukta order. PTI

"I will accept whatever responsibility they will give me in future," he told reporters in Bangalore before leaving for Delhi.

In the capital, he said he had not set any ultimatum or deadline to the party and left it to the leadership to take any decision.

"I have not asked for anything. They are not giving me anything," said the former Karnataka Chief Minister who was forced to step down last year in the wake of Lokayukta indictment in the mining scandal.

He stepped up his campaign for reinstatement ever since the Karnataka High Court set aside the Lokayukta order.

Gadkari also reached the capital this evening and will hold a meeting with Yeddyurappa.

The BJP top brass appears to have come around to the view that Yeddyurappa should be reinstated but it wanted him to wait till the process of biennial Rajya Sabha polls are completed on 30 March.

However, with BJP losing the Udipi-Chikmagalur by-election by a huge margin of 45,724 votes and his decision to put up a rebel Rajya Sabha candidate seems to have speeded up Yeddyurappa's return.

PTI

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