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‘BJP’s strength has grown after Yeddyurappa’s exit’

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Party is building its cadre ahead of elections: Sadananda

Launch:The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda releasing theBJP manifesto in Mysore on Friday— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Launch:The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda releasing theBJP manifesto in Mysore on Friday— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has said that the BJP’s strength had grown after the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa quit the party.

While admitting that the BJP earned a bad name because of some leaders, he said the party was working to get back its glory.

Indirectly referring to Mr. Yeddyurappa, Mr. Gowda said: “Thankfully, some people have left the party. I think it was God’s will. I am not saying the party can recover from the damage fully, but it is consolidating its strengths.”

Addressing presspersons after releasing the party manifesto for elections to the Mysore City Corporation council here on Friday, Mr. Gowda said the party was building its cadre ahead of the elections. “The mess in the party is being cleaned up. Mr. Yeddyurappa’s exit has helped us redefine the party.”

He admitted that the party’s traditional vote bank was disillusioned following allegations of corruption and nepotism. “Recent incidents belied their hopes. Nevertheless, the BJP is re-emerging as a cadre-based party,” he stated.

Mr. Gowda expressed confidence that the party would perform well in the ULB elections, and the Karnataka Janata Paksha and the BSR Congress could not spoil its poll prospects.

“A lot has been said about the KJP, but everybody knows what happened eventually. The government is stable and will complete its full term. The strength of BSR Congress is confined to a district,” he claimed.

Terming ‘Operation Lotus’ a “tragedy”, he said that it was executed to bring stability to the BJP government when Mr. Yeddyurappa was at the helm. “In future, the party will never try such things,” he promised. Mr. Gowda claimed that six more KJP leaders were expected to quit the party.

“I have got information that more leaders are on their way out. Even Mr. Yeddyurappa’s confidant K.P. Siddalinga Swamy is preparing to leave the party. Imagine the party’s fate during the Assembly elections,” he said.

Mr. Gowda released the BJP manifesto in the presence of Minister in-charge of Mysore district S.A. Ramdas, Siddaraju, MLC, and other leaders.

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