Yeddyurappa rakes up leadership issue again

Bangalore: Continuing to mount pressure on the central leadership, BJP Karnataka strongman B S Yeddyurappa today said he would wait for a "few more days" on the party`s promise to reinstate him as Chief Minister.

"I will wait for a few more days. Probably Central leadership was busy with Rajya Sabha and Assembly elections in five states. It is all over now. I hope they will take a decision on their promise now," Yeddyurappa told a press meet here.

Yeddyurappa has on and off been putting pressure on the central leadership to reinstate him as Chief Minister after he was forced to step down in July last following indictment by the Lokayukta report on illegal mining.

"I will not set any deadline. I am confident that my party high command will take a suitable decision at an appropriate time," Yeddyurappa said. He said the party leaders had promised him that they would reinstate him as Chief Minister after he was cleared of charges in illegal mining cases. On the drought situation in the state, Yeddyurappa, who is touring drought-hit areas today, virtually lambasted officials for their apathy in tackling the issue.

"During the last three-and-half years of my rule the state had copious rains and even some North Karnataka areas faced flood situation.But unfortunately this year 123 taluks in 20 districts are reeling under drought condition. The district in-charge secretaries have not visited their respective districts and reviewed drought relief works," he said. He asked the government to ensure drinking water and fodder in drought prone districts.