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To topple BJP govt or not to: Yeddy to decide on Saturday

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December 14, 2012 13:34 IST

Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has called for a meeting of his loyalists to review their decision on whether to topple the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Karnataka.

The meeting -- slated to be held at his Dollar's Colony residence in Bangalore at 10.30 am on Saturday -- will have 30 Bharatiya Janata Party Members of Legislative Assembly and seven ministers attending it.

Yeddyurappa has claimed that all these MLAs and ministers have written letters to him expressing their desire to join his party. In the letter, they also state that they have no faith in the BJP government.

While Yeddyurappa's meeting is being held to review the party's decision on whether to 'allow' the BJP government to continue or not, most people view it as another pressure tactic on his part.

The meeting comes in the wake of harsh remarks made by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar who had claimed that he was prevented from becoming the CM by Yeddyurappa.

Shettar had also accused the former BJP leader of scuttling his chances as the latter feared that he would be the next Lingayat leader in Karnataka.

The meeting would just review the party's decision but would not take any action that may lead to the government's collapse in Karnataka.

Sources said Yeddyurappa is likely to wait for a while before attempting to topple the government.

The BJP, on the other hand, is determined to stay in power for the rest of its term in Karnataka.  Though the party is apprehensive about Yeddyurappa's attempts to oust it from power, in case of such an event, it will tell the voters that a leader of the powerful Lingayat community has been dislodged.

Vicky Nanjappa