The former Chief Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa on Wednesday not only reiterated that he might float a new political party in December, but also announced that he would even consider joining other political outfits if it was not possible.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, who has rebelled against the party leadership for not considering him for any top posts, declared that he would not continue in the BJP at any cost.

He told presspersons in Jigani near Bangalore that central leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party had advised him against quitting the party and he was being pressured from various quarters to stay back. “But I cannot heed to such pressure and continue in the party,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

The former Chief Minister has been hinting that he will keep his political options open if he is not given the post of the president of the State unit. However, the BJP has decided not to consider him for any top posts until he is cleared of corruption charges.

The party central leaders are said to be ready to provide him other key posts related to election campaign and he has been invited to New Delhi to hold consultations. However, Mr. Yeddyurappa is yet to visit the national capital and has been trying to pressure the party leadership through statements related to quitting the party.

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