Triggering speculation about his next political move, sulking BJP Karnataka strongman B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday opened his public contact office but maintained he had no intention to topple his party’s government in the State.
The former Chief Minister’s new venture comes amid the crisis in the ruling BJP which had almost reached a flashpoint a few days ago before Mr. Yeddyurappa said he had deferred his decision to quit the party.
The office, “Public Meeting Centre”, has come up at Malleswaram which had earlier housed the state unit BJP office before it moved to a new building, with its opening coinciding with the visit of senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley to defuse the crisis.
“People from all political parties and leaders can come and meet me in this office about their grievances. I will take up the matter with concerned ministers, departments and even Chief Minister”, Yeddyurappa told reporters.
Maintaining that his new office will not serve as a parallel power centre, Yeddyurappa said: “In fact, I do not want to topple the present government. I would like its term to complete.” Mr. Yeddyurappa said he would meet Jaitley and Dharmendra Pradhan, also in-charge of state party affairs, during their visit. He said he would like to convince the leaders about the reason for opening a separate office.
Replying to a question, Mr. Yeddyurappa said he would like Sadananda Gowda and other friends to visit the office as it is essentially a ‘public meeting centre.’ In response to another query, Yeddyurappa said he was disappointed with the central leadership for not giving him the state party president’s post.
Interestingly, photos of RSS leaders and L.K. Advani were missing in Mr. Yeddyurappa's new office.