Congress giving subtle hints to woo Yeddyurappa?

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Hubli (Karnataka), Feb 27: Congress has subtly remarked that it was ready to accept former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa into party folds. The comment has come as a surprise, especially at a time when there is internal rifts within the state BJP and Yeddyurappa is visibly irked at the snub by the BJP High Command. The comment was made by Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge at a function in Hubli.

"If Yeddyurappa desires to join the Congress, he will be admitted only after a careful examination of the details provided by him," the Labour Minister said.

The Congress intends to make most out of the strain in the relationship between the BJP President Nitin Gadkari and Yeddyurappa, after the former declined to reinstate graft-tained Yeddyurappa as the CM. He had to step down rather disgracefully after he was indicted in the Lokayukta report into illegal mining.

Monday, Feb 27 meeting with loyalists is considered to be crucial for Yeddyurappa, where he is expected to spell out his future course of action. There are rumours doing the rounds that disgruntled Yeddyurappa might float his own party or join another party.

Kharge also added that his party was ready to face early elections and will not do anything to topple the BJP government in Karnataka. He said, "The Congress is prepared for any early election, but does not intend to topple or destabilize the BJP government as it would fall on its own due to internal party bickerings. If the government falls, Congress would not be surprised."

Kharge added, "Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda should resign as he had no control over the government and is helpless."

Making the most of the internal trouble within the BJP in the state, Kharge accused the party of practicing 'double standards'. Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily also echoed similar feelings and said that the state was in a political crisis and asked the BJP to dissolve the Assembly to restore dignity.

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