‘BJP high command went back on its word’
“The betrayal of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders was worse than that of the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. It also hurt more because I was betrayed by those I trusted,” the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Monday.
Addressing presspersons, he said that the BJP high command had gone back on its word to make him Chief Minister again, just as Mr. Kumaraswamy had gone back on his word to transfer power.
“If the BJP takes any action against any of my followers for attending the Karnataka Janata Paksha’s (KJP) Haveri rally, then the government will collapse. I dare the BJP to dissolve the Assembly and face the KJP in elections,” he said.
“We are not aiming to be a small party in a hung Assembly that manages to get some bargaining power in the formation of the new government. We are aiming to get a majority to form the next government without the need for alliances,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.
He added that the KJP was “not even considering” any pre-poll alliances. “If a leader wants to quit his party and join KJP in his individual capacity, we will welcome him. But we will not try for a pre-poll alliance with any party, nor urge anyone to merge his party with ours,” he said. He stated that the KJP would field nominees in all Assembly constituencies.
“We will give ticket to leaders from minority communities wherever they have a chance to win,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said. The KJP is getting the support of all caste groups, not just the Lingayats, he claimed.
“When the BJP won 110 seats and was just three seats short of majority, it was the senior BJP leadership and leaders such as K.S. Eshwarappa who forced me to increase our numbers and form the government. They were all very happy when we got five independent MLAs on our side and staked our claim to form the government within 24 hours of the declaration of results. Now, Mr. Eshwarappa is criticising me for bringing unknown faces into the party through Operation Lotus. He has also accused me of spoiling the party’s image and damaging its organisational structure,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.
“There is an urgent need for regional parties in Karnataka. KJP will fill this void,” the former Chief Minister said.
“Suspending Ram Jethmalani is a wrong move. But I would not comment on Mr. Jethmalani’s views about the appointment of the CBI chief or his demand for the resignation of Nitin Gadkari, BJP’s national president,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.
Later, Mr. Yeddyurappa held a meeting with his loyalists, including Sunil Valyapure, district in-charge Minister; Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, former Minister and senior BJP leader; Subhash Kallur, BJP’s district unit president; Bharati Shetty, MLC, and Shakuntala Beldale, KJP’s State unit vice-president.
We are not even considering any pre-poll alliance, says Yeddyurappa ‘There is an urgent need for regional parties in Karnataka’
We are not even considering any pre-poll alliance, says Yeddyurappa
‘There is an urgent need for regional parties in Karnataka’