Bangalore, Feb 24 (IBNS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka is in turmoil once again with former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa reportedly issuing threats and demanding his reinstatement as the CM by Feb 27, media reports said.
Nitin Gadkari, the BJP president, is faced with the Yeddy storm as the party's Chintan Manthan (brainstorming session) that began on Friday had to be curtailed and limited to only one day instead of two.
Gadkari met Yeddyurappa and also the present chief minister Sadanand Gowda.
BJP said the duration of the session was reduced for the Udipi-Chikmangalur Assembly bypolls campaign but media reports said a revolt by Yeddyurappa is roiling the BJP and causing such changes.
Media reports said Yeddyurappa, who was made to step down after a Lokayukta report implicated him in illegal mining six months ago, has asked his supporters to pressurise the top leadership to make him the CM once again.
Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda tried to play down the issue saying the reports are all media speculations, but BJP seemed to be in trouble in the state.
"Only the high command will take a decision on leadership [CM]," a BJP state minister said.
The party was left egg-faced after two of its MLAs were caught on camera watching pornographic material inside the Assembly House recently.