Deputy Chief Minister and president of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party K.S. Eshwarappa has said that it is up to the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to take a decision to leave the party or not.
Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Eshwarappa took strong exception to Mr. Yeddyurappa’s reported outburst against senior party leader L.K. Advani and said that the party workers may not forgive him. “Everybody knows that Mr. Advani and the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee are the most respected leaders and are clean. We understand that we are not in a position to compensate the loss suffered by Mr. Yedduyurappa (stepping down from Chief Minister’s post). But nobody has misguided him and it is unfair on his part to criticise senior leaders like Mr. Advani,” he said.
Mr. Eshwarappa termed as rumours reports that several ministers and MLAs would be deserting the party to join Mr. Yeddyurappa.
“Instead of worrying about it, we have decided to concentrate on projecting the achievements of our government and continue the welfare schemes announced by the governments headed by Mr. Yeddyurappa, D.V. Sadananda Gowda and also that of Jagadish Shettar”, he said.
‘Bellary case is different’
“MLAs and MPs supporting BSR Congress floated by B. Sriramulu, MLA, are not on our list,” Mr.Eshwarappa said.
“Bellary’s case is different. Of the seven MLAs, who had won on party ticket, four are still loyal to the party and the remaining MLAs — G. Somashekar Reddy, T.H. Suresh Babu and B. Nagendra — and J. Shanta, MP, are supporting BSR Congress and they are not on our list,” Mr. Eshwarappa reiterated here on Monday.
“A couple of MLAs — Suresh Gowda, Halappa, B.P. Harish — are issuing statements about following Mr. Yeddyurappa and so far they have not left the party. If they do, they will face disciplinary action like the one initiated against V. Dhananjay Kumar,” he said.