“It is too late for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership to reconcile with the former Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa now,” Minister of Cooperation B.J. Puttaswamy said here on Sunday.

“It is too late to make any efforts to try and retain Mr. Yeddyurappa in the BJP. There is nothing left to talk now,” Mr. Puttaswamy, a close aide of the former Chief Minister, told journalists.

He was here to lay the foundation stone for Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli Cooperative Super-specialty Hospital in Lalbagh village in Bidar taluk.

Mr. Yeddyurappa had decided to quit the BJP. Karnataka Janata Paksha’s office-bearers had also been announced. What was left for Mr. Yeddyurappa was to officially quit the BJP and join the KJP. He would not consider staying back in the BJP now, Mr. Puttaswamy said.

Asked he would join the KJP, he said he would announce his decision soon. Later, the Minister said the government would extend all possible help to the cooperative hospital.

Rs. 100-crore project

Mr. Nagamarapalli, chief promoter, said the hospital would come up on 60 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 100 crore. “We will seek government grant and donation from individuals in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to complete the project,” he said.

Work on the hospital would be completed in two years, he said. He announced that Gescom Employees Union had donated Rs. 50 lakh for the hospital project.

The former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, MLAs Bandeppa Kashempur, Prabhu Chauhan, Ishwar Khandre and Rahim Khan; MLC Raghunath Malkapure and Bidar Zilla Panchayat president Deepika Sachin Rathod were among those present.

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