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Updated: November 7, 2012 04:27 IST

42 MLAs attend meeting called by Yeddyurappa

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The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa being greeted by his supporters at his residence in Bangalore on Tuesday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa being greeted by his supporters at his residence in Bangalore on Tuesday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

They include 10 Ministers; ‘no threat to government’

At a meeting of his supporters here on Tuesday that saw the participation of 42 MLAs, Bharatiya Janata Party rebel leader B.S. Yeddyurappa remained firm in his decision to quit the party and made it clear that there was no change in his decision to quit the Assembly seat to join the new political outfit on December 10.

As many as 10 Ministers, nine MPs and 13 MLCs attended the nearly four-hour meeting in which Mr. Yeddyurappa explained to them the advantages of joining his proposed political outfit.

Predicting a fractured verdict in the next Assembly polls, he is learnt to have told them that his outfit would have the flexibility of joining hands with any of the political party to form the government after the polls unlike the BJP that has ideological constraints in forging an alliance. This would ensure ministerial berths to all prominent leaders, he reportedly told them.

According to sources, he first held a meeting with all the participants and then had one-to-one interactions with MLAs.

But sensing that his followers were not comfortable with his suggestion that they should identify themselves with his new party while being in the government, Mr. Yeddyurappa relaxed the norm and said that the Ministers would continue in the Jagadish Shettar Ministry till the end of its term. “They will join me only after the term of the government ends,” he told reporters after the meeting.

It appeared that there was no clarity on the contentious issue of whether the MLAs and Ministers should attend the rally to be organised by him to mark his joining of the Karnataka Janata Paksha in Haveri on December 10. Water Resources Minister and the camp’s prominent leader Basavaraj Bommai told reporters after the meeting that those who attended the meeting had authorised Mr. Yeddyurappa to take an appropriate decision regarding their political future.

Interestingly, there was no clarity on the exact number of MLAs who attended Tuesday’s meeting as there was variation in the numbers quoted by different leaders, including Mr. Yeddyurappa. Mr. Yeddyurappa said that 60 MLAs attended the meeting.

Even as Mr. Yeddyurappa said that all those who attended the meeting stood by his decision to form a new party, an MLA, who was at the meeting, told reporters on a condition of anonymity that he was in no mood to join the new party. “I have come here as he (Mr. Yeddyurappa) invited me for the meeting. But, it does not mean that all of us are committed to joining the new party,” he said.

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Don't really understand the law in this country. A person who was in jail, convicted or otherwise, and when there are serious charges against him this man is talking about formation of a new political outfit with the aim of becoming CM again. What would anybody expect from this guy? and where are we heading to? Can't we see the other part of the globe and change ourselves?

from:  Sasi
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 16:43 IST

The time when Mr. Yeddyurappa came to power as CM, expectation in
Karnataka and nearby southern states were very high considering BJP as
a different Political party from the likes of Congress and Janada Dal
in South. But time proved that Yeddyurappa and BJP failed to deliver
and they may loose the next elections .Also , they may lose elections
for years to come if they hang on without taking strict actions
against people like Yeddyurappa who plays caste, religion and dirty
politics to continue power .If they had initially taken strict action
against him BJP would have a better chance to survive in Karnataka.
These BJP dramas in states like Karnataka is one of the reason why
they are not even winning single seats in states like Kerala despite
having good leaders and party men.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 11:19 IST

Like Jagan in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Yaduyarappa also prepared to launch a new local party to gain power by sympathy votes. Becase in A.P. Mr. Jagan saying that Congress got the power through from his father's hard work (Rekkala Kastam), in Karnataka also Mr. Yeddy saying that BJP got the power through his own image and hard work. In A.P. Mr. Jagan earned crores of money under the influence of his father's power, in Karnataka also Mr. Yeddy, earned crores of money under the guise of his power, both earned through Quid Pro Quo policy. Only difference Mr. Jagan i in jail but mr. yeddy is out of jail. Both of them want to get power by investing ill gotten money by purchasing innocent voters and leaders like corporate style, after getting power they would earn hundred times of their investment, like business. I appeal to the people of the both states, not to support the leaders like Jagan, yeddy and Gali, and teach them a lesson when they approach the people for vote.

from:  P. Venkanna
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 08:31 IST
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