Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has alleged that the former Chief Minister and president of Karnataka Janata Paksha B.S. Yeddyurappa was pressuring Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs to join his party.

“Mr. Yeddyurappa’s frustrated efforts to topple the BJP government have failed. Now, the KJP leaders are visiting the residence of BJP MLAs and are pressuring them to join their party,” he said at the convention of the Bharatiya Janata Party activists held as part of the ongoing Vijaya Sankalp Yatra in Shimoga on Sunday.

Mr. Shettar said that right from the day he assumed office as Chief Minister, Mr. Yeddyurappa tried to dislodge him from power. Mr. Yeddyurappa tried in vain to lure BJP MLAs to his fold. Mr. Yeddyurappa even forced the Opposition leaders to pass no-confidence motion against the government. The BJP MLAs remained united and faced these challenges successfully, Mr. Shettar said.

Referring to Mr. Yeddyurappa’s statements that he was betrayed by BJP leaders, Mr. Shettar said that Mr. Yeddyurappa had to relinquish power owing to his own mistakes.

He said that owing to the political confusions, the information on the development works initiated during BJP rule could not reach the people. During the Vijay Sankalp Yatra, the achievements of BJP government in the State were being highlighted. The people are impressed with the achievements of the State government. He said that, BJP would retain power in the State by winning more than 120 seats in the coming Assembly elections.

Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa, the former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, party State unit president Pralhad Joshi, party national general secretary Ananth Kumar were present.

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