Yeddyurappa to meet rebels on December 20

Renukacharya and others dump Reddys; want ministerial berths for them

Yeddyurappa to meet rebels on December 20


The second meeting of the Core Committee that includes central BJP leaders is likely to be held the same day.

More than 16 legislators including seven ministers, most of them earlier identified with the Reddy faction, had regrouped this week and threatened a fresh revolt, demanding a reconstitution of the Cabinet to include some them.

Yeddyurappa is said to have agreed to meet them on the “advice” of pontiff Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Math. Renukacharya had met met the seer in Tumkur on Tuesday.

Renukacharya and his associates have demanded that the CM drop five ministers immediately and reconstitute the Cabinet, besides making appointments to Boards and Corporations afresh. The group is said to have fallen out with the Reddy brothers as they had been “let down” by the former on pressuring chief minister in meeting some of their demands.

Independent MLAs holding ministerial berths in this group - Goolihatti Shekhar, D Sudhakar, Venkataramanappa and P M Narendraswamy have demanded that their portfolios be changed and that they  be made district incharge ministers.

Advised to be patient

Renukacharya is said to have conveyed to the CM that he and his associates would resign if their demands were not met at the earliest. On Tuesday, Yeddyurappa had sent a message to the group to be patient and wait till the elections to the Legislative Council scheduled on December 18 were over.

According sources close to the CM, Yeddyurappa is not keen on a Cabinet reshuffle at present. Moreover, there is only one vacancy in the Cabinet. At the same time, the CM is keeping track of the likelihood of Congress and JD(S) joining hands to topple the Government by taking advantage of his political problems. A section in the BJP is against Renukacharya being included in the Cabinet, as it is apprehensive of the move denting the image of the party further, at a time when it had lost much of its political capital.

For most of the day, Yeddyurappa remained closeted with some of his close aides, discussing his next step of action.

Kumaraswamy to offer ‘sweet news’

JD(S) State President H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said people may get to hear some ‘sweet news’ and some ‘right decisions’ would be made soon in the interest of people, adding fuel to the speculation that the Congress and the JD(S) are working out a plan to form an alternative Government in the State.

“People would get to hear some sweet news. Some right decisions would be made soon in the interest of the State,” he told reporters on the sidelines of his 51st birth day celebrations. He, however, refused to say anything more on the speculation.

Kumaraswamy, it is said has taken the lead to devise the plan with the Congress high command. He had been camping in Delhi for the last few days, and arrived in Bangalore on Wednesday to celebrate his birthday.

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