Yeddyurappa dares BJP to go in for mid-term polls

The former Chief Minister B.S. Yedduyrappa has taken exception to the statement of Bharatiya Janata Party State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa that MLAs and MPs who want to attend the Karnataka Janata Paksha convention in Haveri should resign their posts.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, he asked Mr. Eshwarappa and BJP leaders to keep quiet if they wanted the government to survive. “Refrain from loose talk and threatening of MLAs,” he warned and asked Mr. Eshwarappa and others to function as if they were in a coalition government (comprising BJP and KJP).

Mr. Yedduyrappa said he was not interested to toppling the Jagadish Shettar government for the reason that he had made Mr. Shettar Chief Minister. But if Mr. Eshwarappa and other BJP leaders continued to provoke him, he would have no option but to pull down the government, he said. “If you are so confident of winning the next elections, dissolve the Assembly and go for mid-term polls,” he said.

Mr. Yedduyrappa said that he decided to resign as MLA and from the primary membership of the BJP by the end of this month. “Earlier I wanted to resign on December 9, the day on which the KJP has organised a conference in Haveri, but now I have decided to quit by the end of this month.”

The KJP will field candidates in all the 224 Assembly constituencies in the State and more than two strong aspirants for each constituency had approached him, Mr. Yeddyurappa claimed.

He said that a few parties had approached him for seat-sharing arrangements and said that he may decide on tie-up in few constituencies based on the strength of the parties that approach him.

Asked whether he had the confidence that a regional party would succeed in the State where many political heavyweights had little success in regional parties, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other States, regional parties had been successful and they had been the partners in the UPA government.