Visibly upset at the BJP central leadership ignoring him, Yeddyurappa has been quoted as saying to reporters, “I will consult MPs, MLAs and my supporters today and announce my decision by 4 PM.” The former CM is in deep trouble after the Supreme Court ordered a probe into the illegal mining case in which he was involved.
He used the occasion to spit fire on BJP General Secretary HN Ananth kumar, State Unit Chief KS Eshwarappa, Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda and RSS leader Satish. Yeddyurappa lambasted Ananth Kumar citing that he was "feeding malicious information" about him to BJP leader LK Advani. He added, “Ananth kumar made efforts to topple me from the Chief Ministership at least thrice earlier with the help of mine owners.”
Meanwhile, Eshwarappa who was speaking to reporters in the face of crisis said, “There is truth in the fact that about more than half a dozen MLAs and ministers have tendered resignation to Yeddyurappa. However, the party will neither accept their resignations nor drop any ministers.”
In a prelude to the impending crisis the state is expected to face, MLAs and Ministers loyal to Yeddyurappa met at a breakfast meeting at his Race Course residence. Sources have claimed that Yeddyurappa was also considering quitting the BJP that could prove detrimental to the future of the party in the state.
As many as 8 minister’s loyal to BSY have submitted their resignation. There are also reports that Yeddyurappa’s request for a change of leadership was not entertained. With the numbers too in Yeddyurappa’s favour, in the 225-member Assembly, BJP has a strength of 120. Yeddyurappa claims to have the support of at least nine ministers and 45 MLAs.
Eshwarappa, meanwhile said, “I have been in touch with these MLAs and ministers and I am telling confidently as the state party chief that they will not quit.”
In an intended jibe at the BJP as a whole, Yeddyurappa’s move on praising Sonia Gandhi raised quite a few eyebrows. He had said that Sonia and her party were always supportive of leaders in the event of crisis that was "unlike" his own party. He quoted the negative treatment meted out to leaders like LK Advani, Narendra Modi, Madan Lal Khurana and Uma Bharti who were left in the lurch during crisis.
Eshwarappa, commenting on Yeddyurappa’s Sonia comment said, “I think Yeddyurappa is giving such statements (praising Sonia Gandhi) out of pain. There is no question of Yeddyurappa quitting the party. I would like to make it clear that all BJP leaders, including central leaders are with Yeddyurappa.”