Crack in BJP:Gadkari-Sushma fight over Bellary bros, Jaitley

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New Delhi, May 29: The ruling party in Karnataka, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been faced with several troubles since BS Yeddyurappa's reign as CM. Now, the fire has touched the party high command when senior leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari have been engaged in a debate over Bellary brothers and the power bestowed to them (Bellary brothers).

The party president Gadkari, snubbing Swaraj's attack on Jaitley, said, "Any debate about the choice of ministers in the Karnataka government at this stage in the media is totally unnecessary."

Recently, Yeddyurappa and the former BJP president Rajnath Singh have claimed responsibilities over the induction of controversial Bellary brothers, mining magnates, into the state cabinet.

While Rajnath Singh said, "I was the president of the BJP at the time of the government formation in Kernataka. The responsibility if at all is mine," Yeddyurappa claimed, "I am responsible for the induction of Reddy brothers not Sushma Swaraj or anyone else."

However, Swaraj, who is believed to be close to the Bellary brothers, stated, "I have no hand in the political making of Bellary brothers. I had nothing to do in making them ministers or building up their stature as political leaders. When the Bellary brothers were made ministers, Jaitly ji was in charge and Yeddyurappa the CM."

Citing all these leaders' discussions in the media, Gadkari, taking side of Jaitley, criticised Swaraj and others. BJP's rift over Karnataka politics may harm its planning for Uttar Pradesh as the party is all set to prepare the road-map for the upcoming UP assembly elections in 2012.

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