Only a handful of legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party will attend the Haveri rally on December 9 to formally launch the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP), said State BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa.

Four MLAs have issued statements that they will join the KJP.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Eshwarappa said H. Halappa (Sorab), D.S. Suresh (Tarikere), B.P. Harish (Harihar) and Nehru C. Olekar (Haveri), all MLAs of the BJP, have issued public statements that they will join the KJP. The party will take action against them if they attend the Haveri meet, he said.

The former Union Minister V. Dhananjaya Kumar was expelled from the party after he was appointed as the KJP chief in the State. “Other leaders will also face the same action,” Mr. Eshwarappa said.

Stressing that no Minister in the Jagadish Shettar government would attend the programme in Haveri, he said: “I still hope that Mr. Yeddyurappa will remain in the BJP. Who all will join the KJP will be known only after December 9.”

Asked why the party has not taken action against legislators who had identified with the former Minister B. Sriramulu’s BSR Congress party, Mr. Eshwarappa said the party had issued show-cause notices to J. Shanta, MP, and MLAs B. Nagendra and G. Somashekar Reddy. In their replies, they had denied indulging in anti-party activities, he said.

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