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There is no difference between my words and my action, says the BJP leader

BANGALORE: It was an emotional Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa who abruptly announced his decision to quit while the Legislative Assembly was discussing the motion of confidence moved by him.

Soon after the Opposition leaders said he should have put in his papers immediately after the Janata Dal (Secular) decided to vote against the Government instead of waiting for the voting on the motion of confidence, Mr. Yeddyurappa stood up and expressed his intention to quit.

In a choked voice, he denied allegations that he was power hungry. (Later, in a television interview, he said , “If we were power hungry we would have given away the portfolios sought by the Janata Dal (S). We have stood firm on principles”.)

He described the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda as greedy.

“As a child, when I once brought home another child’s slate, my parents warned me saying that the slate was not mine and belonged to another. I realised then that everything was not mine and others too had a share. But Kumaraswamy and Deve Gowda want their share as well as other’s share too,” Mr.Yeddyurappa told the Assembly.

He claimed that as Finance Minister he had given the State good administration which had been appreciated by the people.

“There is no difference between my words and my action,” he said before leaving the Assembly abruptly for the Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation.

Crowd

Several groups of BJP leaders and well-wishers of Mr. Yeddyurappa thronged the residence of Mr. Deve Gowda requesting him to reconsider the decision. The former Prime Minister and Mr. Kumaraswamy merely said that it was all over. If the BJP had any interest, it should have considered the demands of the Janata Dal (Secular) well before the deadline.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said: “The BJP general secretary incharge of Karnataka, Yashwant Sinha, was in Bangalore from Sunday. Nothing was, however, attempted to sort out the differences.”

Moving the one-line motion of confidence, Mr. Yedyurappa said he staked claim to form the Government because the Janata Dal (Secular) had offered an unconditional support to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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