Karna BJP crisis: Gadkari meets Yeddy, Gowda

Bangalore: Crisis in BJP`s Karnataka unit appeared to worsen today with former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa insisting on a February 27 ultimatum for his reinstatement and party president Nitin Gadkari ruling out replacing incumbent Sadananda Gowda.

Yeddyurappa, who was forced to resign more than six months ago after a Lokayukta report indicted him on illegal mining, made it clear to the party chief that he was in no mood to wait any longer.

Ahead of the BJP`s `Chintan Manthan Baitak`, Gadkari had a meeting with Yeddyurappa this morning and separately met Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda to bring about a truce.

Sources said Yeddyurappa was adamant on his stand and wants Gowda to be removed. Gowda, who was Yeddyurappa`s choice for the post when he himself had to step down after being indicted in a graft case by the Karnataka Lokayukta, has now fallen out with Yeddyurappa.