He will start a State-wide yatra from Basavakalyan next week

Stating that the present government in the State was “a coalition”, the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Wednesday that he would tour different districts after a week to build the newly launched Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) in the State.

Mr. Yeddyurappa told presspersons that the district units of the party would be constituted in a week’s time. His State tour would start from Basavakalyan. He said that he had constituted a committee to draft the development agenda of the party for the State. The leader of the party K.H. Srinivas would be its convener.

Mr. Yeddyurappa claimed that he had contacted eminent writers such as U. R. Ananthamurthy, Hampa. Nagarajaiah, Chandrashekar Patil, Nallur Prasad, the former Chief Secretary B.S. Patil, T.V. Mohandas Pai, and Mumtaz Ali Khan and a few others to give their suggestions for drafting the development agenda. The party’s manifesto for the next Assembly elections would be prepared on the basis of the draft.

The former Chief Minister said the KJP would field its candidates in all the 224 Assembly constituencies in the next election and would not have any tie up with other parties. The party would contest all seats in the elections to the urban local bodies.

He said a regional party was required for the State to bargain with the Union government in the interest of the State. He said in the present political scenario, governments at the Centre had to depend on the regional parties to remain in power.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said the regional parties such as the DMK or the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu were bargaining with the Centre to safeguard the interests of that State. He claimed that Tamil Nadu was getting the benefits in allocation of coal, power, and water from the Union government.

To a question, the former Chief Minister said the KJP would not take any suggestions and guidance from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) while drafting the development agenda.

To another question on how his party would seek the support of Christians in the next Assembly election as Christian prayer halls were attacked in the State when he was the Chief Minister, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that he had taken action against the attackers within 48 hours of the attack. “I have not spared anyone,” he claimed.

The former Chief Minister said that minorities, people of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and people from other backward classes were joining the KJP in large numbers.

He said that he visited Rajarajeshwara temple at Kannur in Kerala on Wednesday. The general secretary of the party M.D. Laxminarayana was present.

  • K.H. Srinivas heads the panel formed to draft the development agenda

  • He says the party will not seek suggestions from the RSS