Decision on Yeddyurappa after studying report: BJP


New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Wednesday that it would take a call on Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa continuing in office after going through the “voluminous report” of the Lokayukta on illegal mining.

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As speculation intensified on whether Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s first chief minister in the country’s south, would remain in office, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said: “It will take some time to go through the voluminous report. After that we can take some decision.”

The report names the chief minister amongst others as being responsible for illegal mining and resultant land scams.

According to a highly placed party source, action is likely against Yeddyurappa after the report is tabled.

However, the nature of the action was yet to be decided as the party had to take a call between its first government in south India and its position in New Delhi.

“If he is indicted in the report then action might be taken, it depends on what he is being held guilty of,” a party insider told IANS, admitting that Yeddyurappa had backing in Karnataka but a decision would have repercussions on the anti-corruption stance of the party in New Delhi.

“An action taken report is supposed to be filed in the report within three months. That will be done depending on what the report says, but it is not final what action will be taken,” another senior leader said.