‘But there hasn’t been a formal offer from the BJP central leadership yet’

A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party registered a thumping victory in the Assembly elections, the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) president B.S. Yeddyurappa maintained that he had not placed any conditions for his party’s merger with the BJP. Addressing the party’s State executive committee members on the occasion of the first anniversary of the KJP’s formation here on Monday, Mr. Yeddyurappa, however, said he had not received a formal offer from the BJP central leadership yet. In such an event, a suitable decision that protects the interests of party cadres would be taken after consulting the members, he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa made it clear that he had not been in touch with the BJP central leadership ever since he left that party. “Also, I did not place any conditions when the State BJP leaders met me,” he said. KJP working president Shobha Karandlaje said she would never become a member of the Legislative Council in her lifetime. “Instead, I would love to fight direct elections for the cause of the general public and work for them,” she told the KJP State executive committee meeting here on Monday. She was responding to reports that one of the conditions put forth by Mr. Yeddyurappa for KJP’s merger with the BJP, was to make Ms. Karandlaje an MLC.