New Delhi, July 7: The decision over the ongoing political impasse in Karnataka has been deferred till Sunday, with the highly anticipated meeting between the beleaguered chief minister Sadananda Gowda and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) senior leadership failing to come to a conclusion.
Addressing mediapersons after the meeting here on Saturday, senior party member Arun Jaitley cited the absence of party president Nitin Gadkari as the reason for the deferment.
Jaitley informed that Gowda, along with Karnataka Finance Minister Suresh Kumar had a “detailed discussion” with L.K. Advani and the decisions taken by the core group and party’s parliamentary board shall be discussed with Gadkari, who will be back later tonight.
Gowda will meet Gadkari early morning on Sunday, Jaitley said.
Earlier in the day, Gowda had said that he was prepared to accept the BJP central leadership’s decision.
“I am prepared to accept whatever decision is taken by BJP central leadership. I am ready to quit if my party high command tells me to,” he told media here.
The BJP core group, which met here earlier in the day decided to replace Gowda with Jagdish Shettar as Karnataka Chief Minister.
Shettar, who is the rural development minister, is the choice for the top post of former Karnataka chief minister B.S Yeddyurappa, who is calling the shots in Karnataka BJP even after his unceremonious exit as chief minister last year.
He will be the third BJP chief minister in the state in four years since the party came to power there in 2008.
The meeting was also attended by Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Ananth Kumar. (ANI)