Bangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa hosted a breakfast meeting on Friday for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators. The timing is important as it's the last day of Karnataka Assembly's budget session. Most of his loyalists attended the meet.
Yeddyurappa claims the support of 64 MLAs and is putting pressure on party president Nitin Gadkari to reinstate him as the Karnataka chief minister. Sources say that he has been assured by the party leadership of concrete action by the first week of April.
Yeddyurappa who shifted legislators to a resort on March 18 in a show of strength to mount pressure on the high command to reinstate him as Chief Minister, has been maintaining a low profile for the last few days.
The dissident activity that rocked the ruling party early this month came to a halt after intervention by BJP President Nitin Gadkari, who asked the Yeddyurappa faction and also those supporting Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda to concentrate on the on-going budget session.
Gowda's followers are confident that the party would continue to back him, at a time when he is trying to refurbish the party's image which has taken a severe beating due to corruption charges and internal squabbles.
(With additional information from PTI)