New Delhi: In a brief respite for ruling BJP in Karnataka, its rebel leader B S Yeddyurappa on Monday said he has kept in abeyance his decision to resign from the party. Yeddyurappa announced that he has "temporarily put off the decision to quit the party". Yeddyurappa, who has been pressing the party leadership to reinstate him as the Chief Minister for past few months, made it clear in a press conference that he had not dropped his demands but had deferred them  for the time being.

"I had decided to quit. This was my decision at 12 noon. But I am putting it off by a few days in view of appeal by party president Nitin Gadkari and senior leader Arun Jaitley and several religious heads and many BJP supporters," he said at a press conference here.

In a bid to demonstrate his political influence in Karnataka BJP unit, former Chief Minister claimed that he had support of over 70 BJP MLAs out of which over 50 were ready to quit the party with him. But he said that he and his loyalists were not going to quit the party immediately.

But he remained defiant attacking Chief Minister Sadanananda Gowda and claiming the support of 70 MLAs. Hitting at his political adversaries within state BJP unit, Yeddyurappa said that the present Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda was unfit to govern the state and his another adversary and former Union Minister Ananth Kumar was desperately trying to become the state Chief Minister.

"Bowing to pressure of legislators and following an appeal by senior party leader Arun Jaitely, I have decided to keep in abeyance my decision to quit the party," the 70-year- old party strongman in the state told a crowded press conference.

The former Chief Minister, who had upped the ante in the past few days after the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe into illegal mining during his chief ministership, blamed Gowda, party General Secretary H N Anantkumar and state unit chief K S Eswarappa for the present crisis, which had threatened to rock the first ever BJP government in the south.

Yeddyurappa claimed more than 40 MLAs had submitted their resignations to him besides several others who had extended support to him over phone but they would not press with it.

Continuing to target Gowda, who was handpicked by him to succeed him, of casting aspersions on him and insulting him and 'hobnobbing' with JDS leaders.

Yeddyurappa, whose repeated attempts to regain chief ministership have come to nought, also strongly attacked Anantkumar accusing him of "poisoning the mind" of party veteran leader L K Advani besides making three attempts to dislodge him and become chief minister.

He repeated his demand for convening of the BJP legislature party meeting which had not been held since Gowda became chief minister last August after Yeddyurappa quit following his indictment by the Lokayukta on illegal mining.

"I have built the party by my sweat," Yeddyurappa, largely credited for leading the BJP to power, said, adding he had reached a crucial stage wherein he would go back to the people and seek their guidance on the future course of action.



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