The former Chief Minister and disgruntled BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa on Saturday warned party general secretary Ananth Kumar that he would take up cudgels against him if he failed to get party national leaders to bring pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to provide respite to Karnataka on the Cauvery issue.

Addressing supporters in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue here, where he was staging a dharna, Mr. Yeddyurappa said: “Mr. Ananth Kumar should have taken veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani, who is close to him, along with him to the Prime Minister to convince him of the need to stop water release from Karnataka. At least now he should do it.”

Charging Mr. Ananth Kumar, who represents Bangalore South in the Lok Sabha, of “completely failing” to protect the interests of people of the State despite being a prominent central leader of the party, Mr. Yeddyurappa urged him to put up a strong fight against the CRA directive.

The former Chief Minister, who has rebelled against the BJP leadership and even hinted several times that he may soon float a political party, reiterated that BJP was not important for him.

“What is important for me is protecting the people’s interests and not that of the party.”

He also appealed to people to understand him and alleged that his detractors in the party had conspired to label him as an accused in various cases. “But I will soon come out clean,” he claimed.