K.S. Eshwarappa, president of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Wednesday that he was confident the State government would complete its term and there was no threat to its stability.

Speaking to presspersons at Brahmavar near Udupi, Mr. Eshwarappa said no one should be in doubt about the stability of the government. On MLA Nehru Olekar’s statement that the BJP’s days were over, Mr. Eshwarappa said the former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi could not finish the BJP. “Who is he (Mr. Olekar)? I do not want to criticise him. It is like an ant shouting at an elephant.”

On whether the government would survive if the 13 MLAs owing allegiance to Mr. Yeddyurappa quit, Mr. Eshwarappa said the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) had been announcing repeated deadlines for bringing down the government. “You (press) people should stop asking questions based on what they (KJP) say,” he said.

On MLA Hartal Halappa’s reported statement that he should resign because of charges of corruption against him, Mr. Eshwarappa said: “I think it is a slip of the tongue on the part of Mr. Halappa. Instead of saying Mr. Yeddyurappa, he must have mistakenly taken my name.”

When asked about appointing a new president of the State unit, he said national leaders would hold discussions on the issue. “This meeting will take place as soon as possible,” he said.

Answering a query on of the reported resignations of C.M. Udasi and Shobha Karandlaje as Ministers, he said: “Mr. Shettar and I will decide what action should be taken on their resignations.”

Blame on Congress

Mangalore Staff Correspondent writes:

President of the State unit, K.S. Eshwarappa chose to blame the present situation on the “scheming and blackmail tactics” of the Congress.

Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of the inauguration of several development projects in Sullia on Wednesday, Mr. Eshwarappa said Mr. Yeddyurappa had been blackmailed by the Centre to form a separate party that would bring down the BJP-led government. “They (Congress) sent the CBI to raid his houses and threatened to send him to jail like they had done with the former Minister G. Janardhan Reddy. The 13 MLAs who are following him are not thinking of their future. The KJP has no future,” he said. He added that though Mr. Yeddyurappa could engineer the ouster of the former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda with the advice of the maths in the State, his attempts to pull down Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar will “cause pain” to the religious leaders.

Mr. Eshwarappa said the government will be known for its “developments and scams”. “We committed a big error during the previous elections. In order to form a government, we had given a ticket to anyone and everyone who had come. But now, we have learnt our lesson,” he said. Responding to allegations that the timing of the Speaker’s foreign jaunt seemed suspicious, Mr. Eshwarappa said that the position of a Speaker was “sacred” and he would follow the due course of the law.

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