Staff Correspondent

‘JD(S) will be wiped out in the elections’

BJP to hold public meeting in Mysore today

MYSORE: The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has claimed that the disgruntled Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs are in touch with him.

Mr. Yeddyurappa told presspersons at Srirangapatna near here on Tuesday that the doors of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were open to the disenchanted Janata Dal (S) MLAs. “They are welcome to join us if they are willing to abide by the ideology of the BJP,” he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, who is leading the BJP’s “Jana Jagruthi Yatre” to highlight the “injustice” meted out to him by the party’s former ally, lashed out at the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda on the occasion.

Likening Mr. Gowda’s speech in the Lok Sabha on Monday to “devil quoting the scriptures”, Mr. Yeddyurappa disputed the series of allegations levelled against the BJP by the former Prime Minister. “It was like a devil reciting the Bhagavad Gita”, Mr. Yeddyurappa said and labelled Mr. Gowda as a “liar”.

Reacting to Mr. Gowda’s allegation that the agreement on a stamp paper was first created by the BJP, Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Janata Dal (Secular) leaders brought to him an agreement on a stamp paper and asked him to sign it. He said the former Ministers N. Cheluvarayaswamy, Zameer Ahmed and Merajuddin Patel, besides Janata Dal (Secular) MLA H.C. Balakrishna had brought to him the stamp paper and asked him to sign it.

“Our party’s State unit president D.V. Sadanand Gowda, besides party leaders Katta Subramanya Naidu and R. Ashok were witness to it,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

Mr. Yedyurappa predicted the annihilation of the Janata Dal (S) in the coming Assembly elections. “The Janata Dal (S) will be wiped out and the Congress will be the only rival to the BJP,” he said.

The former Chief Minister claimed that the people of the State had responded overwhelmingly to the “injustice” caused to the BJP on account of the betrayal by the Janata Dal (S). “Every household in Karnataka was talking about the injustice caused to the BJP,” he said.

Meanwhile, the yatra team, which covered Srirangapatna, Bannur, T. Narsipur and Kollegal on Tuesday, will camp in B.R. Hills overnight before resuming the journey on Wednesday. The BJP will hold public meetings in Chamarajanagar, Gundlupet and Nanjangud on Wednesday before reaching Mysore in the evening for a public meeting at 5.30 p.m. at Town Hall.