Yeddyurappa reaches Delhi, rules out quitting

July 28th, 2011 - 1:06 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) Beleaguered Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa, indicted by the state Lokayukta for involvement in illegal mining, arrived in New Delhi Wednesday night to meet senior leaders of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but asserted he would not resign.

“The question of resigning does not arise,” Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s first chief minister in south India, told media persons after his arrival.

He said he was going to party president Nitin Gadkari’s house to discuss the issue and would return to Bangalore Thursday. Party leaders Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh are also expected to be present at the meeting.

Karnataka ombudsman N. Santosh Hegde Wednesday recommended the prosecution of Yeddyurappa for multi-crore illegal mining in the state along with four ministers and others.

Before leaving for Delhi, Yeddyurappa said the report “needs detailed study”.

“Also most of the cases referred to by the Lokayukta are in court,” he told reporters at the Bangalore airport.

He also said he has called a meeting of the state cabinet Thursday to discuss the report submitted by Lokayukta.

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