Former Chief Minister says his supporters will play double role

The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has clarified that there was no change in his stance on launching a new regional outfit and the question of stepping back doesn’t arise.

He was speaking to presspersons at Haveri on Thursday after inspecting the G.H. College Grounds, venue for his “December-10 convention”, from where he is supposed to launch his new regional party.

Referring to the efforts being made by State BJP leaders for retaining him in the party, which had led to doubts among his supporters about his decision to launch a new party, Mr. Yeddyurappa said: “Many people have the doubt that Yeddyurappa is threatening to launch the new party for the sake of getting suitable position in BJP. I don’t have any such desire and there is no need for me to threaten BJP for the sake of getting position. I have already come too far and there is no question of going back.”

‘Projecting me as villain’

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that several people, including some of his supporters, were making efforts to retain him in BJP, which was in vain. “Some of them are conspiring to project me as a villain before the people. Their effort is to create an impression that even though I was offered a position in the party I didn’t accept it,” he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa appealed to his supporters, including MLAs and Ministers, not to coerce him to continue in the BJP. “Those who have faith in me can come with me. Otherwise they are free to remain in the party or join any party of their choice. I will not pressure anyone to come along with me,” he said.

He said that his wish was that over 70 MLAs and Ministers who were supporting him should participate in the Haveri convention on December 10. “However we are contemplating on what will be the impact of it if they participate and how to manage it,” he said.

‘Double role’

Mr Yeddyurappa clarified that Mr. Jagadish Shettar had been made Chief Minister to ensure the BJP government completed its term. “However till the completion of the term, it is inevitable for MLAs and Ministers supporting me to play the double role,” he said.

“Mr Shettar’s government should complete its term and the organisational activities to build my regional party should also happen. MLAs and Ministers supporting me will efficiently handle both the responsibilities”, he said.

Earlier accompanied by his son and MP B.. Raghavendra, MLAs Nehru Olekar, B.P. Harish, MLC Shivaraj Sajjanar, the former MLA U.B. Banakar, Mr Yeddyurappa went around the G.H. College grounds.

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