The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has upped his attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the State and challenged the party leadership to dissolve the Assembly and face elections.

In a chat with presspersons here on Monday before leaving for Bidar to participate in a couple of events, Mr. Yeddyurappa reiterated his warning to the BJP leadership in the State not to “touch” his followers in the Jagadish Shettar Ministry and the legislators supporting him.

“If there is any action against my supporters, this government will not last even for a day… nobody in the BJP should take my patience as weakness,” he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said he had been instrumental in making Jagadish Shettar the Chief Minister. “I don’t want to earn a bad name by unseating him… but if they (party leadership) want it to happen I cannot stop it.”

Mr. Yeddyurappa came down heavily on the State government for not taking any follow-up action on the decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting in Gulbarga. “I do not know whether there is a government in the State… everything has come to a standstill.” On the avoidable controversy created over the amendment to Article 371 to provide special status to the Hyderabad Karnataka region, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that Mr. Shettar should cancel all his engagements and rush to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and other central leaders and undo the damage done by the letter sent by the State government taking exception to some of the provisions made in the proposal to amend Article 371.

The former Chief Minister said that Mr. Shettar should persuade the Central government to ensure the passing of the Bill and take all measures to extend the benefits due to the people of the Hyderabad Karnataka region.

On Jethmalani

On the suspension of party MP Ram Jethmalani from the primary membership of the party for raising his voice against party president Nitin Gadkari and supporting the Prime Minister’s action of appointing the CBI director, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that this was an “unpardonable mistake” and the BJP would pay a heavy price in the days to come for punishing Mr. Jethmalani, a respected jurist and party leader.