The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Thursday that disciplinary action would be initiated against MLAs, MPs and MLCs, who would participate in the convention of the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) in Haveri on December 9.
Speaking to mediapersons in the lobby of Legislative Council Hall in Suvarna Soudha here, Mr. Gowda said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership had given directions to MLAs, MLCs, and MPs against participating in the convention, being organised by the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to exhibit his strength. The party issued a warning against identifying themselves with the KJP as they have been elected on a BJP symbol.
If they attend the convention, they must “face the music”, Mr Gowda said.
The BJP was not prepared to compromise on the issue this time, as there was a need to prove that the party would not tolerate indiscipline. Failure to take action would be detrimental to the party’s interests. “We are even prepared to sacrifice power for the sake of discipline,” he noted.
The party leaders have discussed the likely scenario that might emerge because of participation of legislators and MPs in the convention. The names of those who defy party’s direction, would be sent to high command for disciplinary action, he said.
Recalling the action he had taken against Basavaraj Patil Yatnal, M.P. Renukacharya and G. Janardhan Reddy, when he was the party’s State unit president, the former party president said that the stand had been finalised on the nature of action to be taken against those who cross the “Lakshman rekha”.
On the possibility of party appointing him the State unit president again, he said that as a disciplined member of the party, he was prepared to accept any responsibility given to him.