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BJP Holds Legislature Party Meet To Resolve Differences

PTI 04 Jan 2010, 18:20:27 PM IST

The dissidence-hit ruling BJP in Karnataka on Monday  held its legislature party meeting to resolve differences and debate ways to boost its image, which has taken a beating in recent days. 

The legislators met at a private resort on the city outskirts, where MPs, MLAs and MLCs, besides members of B S Yeddyurappa ministry discussed causes for the recent revolt and corrective measures to be adopted. 

 "All of them expressed their views on various issues. Steps needed to be taken will be decided after consulting the party high command. Some issues are required to be placed before the Coordination Committee," state unit BJP President D V Sadananda Gowda told reporters in the midst of the meeting. 

 He, however, declined to state the specific issues raised by legislators by saying "discussions are still on. Only some have expressed their viewpoints". 

  Ten MLAs, five MLCs and six MPs, including one from the Rajya Sabha, did not attend the meeting and a majority of them had sought permission to do so, he said.  Excise Minister M P Renukacharya, whose induction into the ministry last month had caused heartburn among some MLAs, also did not attend as he was participating in town panchayat polling in his Honnali constituency. 

Some MLAs told PTI that a majority of those who spoke demanded early restructuring of the ministry to accommodate party loyalists. 

The Yeddyurappa ministry had plunged into a severe crisis recently with a section of legislators demanding a change of leadership, but it was defused at the intervention of the party central leadership. PTI