Breakfast, lunch and politics

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Yeddyurappa decided to show his strength by having breakfast with his loyalists while his rivals have decided to counter him by having lunch. Former Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa who is in all sorts of trouble after the Central Empowerment Committee observation on illegal mining yesterday held a breakfast meeting along with 55 of his loyalists. Although his supporters said that not much should be attached to this it was clear that it was just a reminder to his party’s central leadership which had promised to reinstate him or look into his demands by the first week of April.

Govind Karjol who identifies himself with Sadananda Gowda, the chief minister of Karnataka has now hosted lunch for all those opposing Yeddyurappa’s return as the CM of the state. The lunch and meeting will be held today and this exercise is being undertaken to show Yeddyurappa that they too have a good strength opposing him.

However the big issue regarding leadership is not expected to take place. There are expected to be some developments based on the demands that Yeddyurappa has been making only after April 11th.

Yeddyurappa who had put up a brave face seeking his reinstatement after being cleared by the High Court in the illegal mining cases once again finds himself on the back-foot. The Central Empowerment Committee had on Thursday said that based on the allegations that Yeddyurappa and his sons had received kickbacks to the tune of Rs 6 crore to favour mining firms a further probe is needed on the matter. The Supreme Court will now decide on April 11th whether the matter needs to be probed by the CEC or the CBI.

The BJP’s central leadership will await the verdict before deciding on Yeddyurappa’s fate. Yeddyurappa on the other hand has decided to file his reply before the CEC and also the Supreme Court. Yeddyurappa’s legal team feels that the observation of the CEC is unfair. This is a matter which is already pending before the Lokayukta court and we have also moved the Karnataka High Court seeking a discharge in this case. When the matter is pending before the court it was unwarranted for the CEC to make such an observation.

Yeddyurappa will now give a representation to the CEC and also move the Supreme Court regarding the same.


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