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BJP tames BS Yeddyurappa: Deadline for reinstating him as CM passes off without incident


NEW DELHI: Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa appeared to be a tamed man on Monday as his February 27 deadline for BJP ended without any signs of revolt from the sulking leader. That his threats of rebellion had fizzled out were apparent when he said, “even now, people say make Yeddyurappa, the chief minister. I am not asking for that.

I only said that I wish to complete my term for which I was elected, which was for five years. I wish to present the budget and fulfill promises made to the people of Karnataka. I have no personal agenda.” The turn-around in his mood comes just three days after he conveyed to the party leadership his desire to return as chief minister and set a deadline of February 27, his 70birthday.

The Karnataka issue is expected to come up at a meeting of the core committee called by Gadkari in New Delhi on March 3. Yeddyurappa has said that he will not attend the meeting to ask for the chief minster’s chair.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who met Yeddyurappa in Bangalore last week, made it clear that there was no question of replacing Sadananda Gowda and making him chief minister or the state unit chief till he was cleared of graft charges.

The message from the central leadership was firm – no threats, ultimatum, blackmail or deadline would make it change its stand. However, the party president is also understood to have told the Lingayat leader that the party recognised the importance of his role and that he should reconsider his decision of a February 27 deadline.

BJP is likely to focus on developments in Karnataka , which goes to polls in the summer of 2013, only after the results of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and four other states. “He seems to be slowly reconciling and calming down,” a BJP leader said.

The party will work out modalities to find a way out and has asked him to be patient, he said. BJP is trying to balance out its strategy of keeping its tainted leader out of key positions while holding on the “strong and important” Lingayat leader, who led the party to its first victory in a southern state.

Though Yeddyurappa has toned down and seems to have given up plans of deserting the party, he still holds a grouse against the BJP leadership .

“I did not aspire for the chief minister’s post. Since the central leadership promised to reinstate me as chief minister after six months, I visited Delhi (on earlier occasions ) to restore my lost chair,” he was quoted by news agencies as saying at a meeting convened by the Backward Class Forum on the occasion of his birthday in Bangalore.

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