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Mar 23, 2012 at 05:03am IST

Karnataka: Gowda stays CM as BJP asks BSY to wait

New Delhi: In the latest development with regard to the Karnataka political crisis, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday decided to reinstate B S Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister of the state, said sources.

According to sources, Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda has complained to the party high command against the decision. Gowda has in fact maintained that he has been asked to continue as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

He has said, "I have been asked to continue as CM. The central leadership is very happy with me."

The BJP sources have also said that Gowda has not submitted his resignation yet and will be replaced only after the Karnataka Budget Session is over on March 30.

The sources, however, also said that Gowda would continue to play an important role in the state government even after the reinstatement of Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister.

The BJP leadership has convinced both the Yeddyurappa as well as the Gowda camps to hold fire for now.

Yeddyurappa is likely to take over as the Chief Minister of Karnataka in the first week of April.

Sources said that the development came after BJP president Nitin Gadkari managed to convince Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and senior party leader L K Advani.

Earlier on Thursday, Yeddyurappa had submitted a list of 67 MLAS supporting him to party president Nitin Gadkari.

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