Subhash Kallur, district vice-president of the Karnataka Janata Paksha, has said that the party president, B.S. Yeddyurappa, has spoken to the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi about forming an alliance between the two parties during the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing the party’s executive committee meeting here on Tuesday, Mr. Kallur said that Mr. Yeddyurappa was keen on retaining the identity of the KJP and was not entertaining aby thoughts of merging with the BJP. The KJP had sought the ‘farmer carrying the plough’ for its symbol, which had been allotted to the Janata Party earlier. Now that Janata Party leader Subramanyam Swamy had merged his party with the BJP, the symbol could be allotted to the KJP, he said.
D.K Sidram, KJP district unit president, said that the party’s nominees had gained 2.7 lakh votes in the Bidar Parliamentary constituency, which was the highest in the State. Therefore, the BJP would have no choice but to leave that seat to KJP, he said.
Mr. Sidram confirmed that Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, MLA, would stay in the KJP and would not join the Congress.
He criticised N. Dharam Singh, MP, for not contributing anything for the development of the district. All the contribution he was citing as his own were actually the results of Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge, he said.
He urged the party workers to strengthen the party without bothering about the merger with the BJP. Mr. Yeddyurappa was likely to visit Bidar on October 25, he said.
Shakuntala Beldale, Ashraf Mali Patil, Shailendra Beldale, Jhareppa Mamadapur and others were present.