Bangalore: The latest crisis engulfing the Karnataka state BJP unit blew over on Monday, after former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa gave up his threat to quit from the Assembly along with his supporters.

Addressing a press conference, Yeddyurappa said that he spoke with Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, who convinced him to stay back and work for the party. Earlier in the day, Yeddyurappa’s loyalists Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje and MLC Lehar Singh met Jaitley and party general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan to discuss the crisis in Karnataka.

Former chief minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa addressing media along with his supporters at his residence in Bengaluru on Monday. PTI

Yeddyurappa, who hails from the numerically powerful Lingayat community, also blamed state-in-charge Ananthkumar for the present crisis. "Ananthkumar has poisoned the ear of Advani against me. He has been hatching a conspiracy against me. He is gunning to be the chief minister of Karnataka", said Yeddyurappa.

In the 225-member Assembly, BJP has a strength of 120. Yeddyurappa claims to have the support of at least nine ministers and 45 MLAs. Yeddyurappa claimed that he has the resignation letters of nearly 40 MLAs, and another 10 MLAs had also declared their support for him. “I am just doing my duty as a party member. It is my moral responsibility to the MLAs and MPs who support me", he said.

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Mint’s Shamsheer Yousaf says the crisis in the Karnataka BJP fizzled out after former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa withdrew his his threat to resign from the Assembly.

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This new crisis engulfed the party following the order by the Supreme Court for a CBI probe against Yeddyurappa in the illegal mining case. The order has dashed the hopes of Yeddyurappa to be reinstated to the Chief Minister’s post, which he was forced to step down from after a report on illegal mining named him.

He repeated his demand for convening of the BJP legislature party meeting which had not been held since Gowda became chief minister last August after Yeddyurappa quit following his indictment by the Lokayukta on illegal mining.

“I have built the party by my sweat," Yeddyurappa, largely credited for leading the BJP to power, said, adding he had reached a crucial stage wherein he would go back to the people and seek their guidance on the future course of action.

shamsheer.y@livemint.com

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