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Yeddyurappa camp sets July 5 deadline for leadership change in Karnataka(Lead:BSY)

July 1, 2012 - Bangalore

A faction of Karnataka lawmakers led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday set a July 5 deadline for the BJP central leadership to make their nominee Jagadish Shettar the chief minister of the state in place of incumbent D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

Lok Sabha members representing Karnataka, MLAs and MLCs supporting Yeddyurappa met at the residence of Shettar and rallied behind him in a show of strength, a day after BJP emissary Dharmendra Pradhan held consultations with rival factions to resolve the crisis triggered by the resignation of nine ministers loyal to the former chief minister.

"We have unanimously decided to appeal to the high-command to make Shettar the chief minister", Raju Gowda, who was among the nine ministers, told reporters, while speaking for the group.

"We are confident that a good decision will come by July 5. If it does not come (by then), we will meet and take an important decision on July 5", he added.

The attendees decided to authorise Yeddyurappa and Shettar to take a decision on political developments and abide by it.

They appealed to the BJP central leadership to convene the Legislature Party meeting.

Raju Gowda warned that if it was not done, legislators loyal to Yeddyurappa would convene one themselves.


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