Daring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership to initiate action against MLAs, MPs, and MLCs, who would participate in the formal launch of Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP), M.D. Lakshminarayana, general secretary of the KJP, on Thursday said that such an action would lead to the fall of the government.

Speaking to The Hindu in the lobby of Legislative Council in Belgaum, Mr. Lakshminaryana said the KJP had invited over 70 legislators, who had identified themselves with the former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. “We are not pressuring anybody”, he said, adding that the invitations had been sent only to those who had faith in the leadership of Mr. Yeddyurappa.

Though most of the legislators would attend the convention, some among them would also share the dais. “Some members have offered to participate in the breakfast meeting,” he added.

As there was no bar on chairpersons of boards and corporations, many of them were expected to participate in the convention, he said.

When sought for his reaction on the statement of the former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda that action would be taken against legislators participating in the convention, Mr. Lakshminarayana said it was the BJP and KJP coalition government which was in power, and any action would be detrimental to the existence of the government. Mr. Lakshminarayana said over four lakh people were expected to participate in the convention.


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