Says he will also be Opposition leader after merger with KJP

Bharatiya Janata Party floor Leader in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar on Saturday said he would continue to be the leader of the BJP Legislature Party even after the merger of Karnataka Janata Paksha with the BJP.

Speaking to presspersons here ahead of meeting the Speaker to convey the party’s decision to get the KJP into its fold, Mr. Shettar said he would also become the Leader of the Opposition after the merger since BJP’s numbers would increase to 44 from the present 40. To a question whether Mr. Yeddyurappa would be made the leader of the BJP Legislature Party , Mr. Shettar said Mr. Yeddyurappa cannot be made the leader without following the due process.