‘He didn’t want to be held responsible for government’s collapse’
Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) leader Shobha Karandlaje has said that party chief B.S. Yeddyurappa had told Ministers and MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party, supporting him,not to resign as he did not want to be blamed for toppling the government.
She said: “Ministers and MLAs such as Umesh Katti, Murugesh Nirani, Basavaraj Bommai and M.P. Renukacharya were still in the BJP because Mr. Yeddyurappa does not want them to resign, which will lead to the collapse of the government.”
Stating that the BJP government had already been reduced to a minority, Ms. Karandlaje claimed that these Ministers were mentally with the KJP but officially with BJP.
To a question, she said the Congress would not come to power as it was facing a leadership crisis, but the KJP already had Mr. Yeddyurappa as the undisputed chief ministerial candidate.
With regard to the urban local body (ULBs) elections on March 7, Ms. Karandlaje said the elections were a blessing in disguise for the KJP as it provided an opportunity for the party to prove its strength.
To a question, she said the party had begun selecting candidates for the Assembly elections, and added that 70 candidates would be announced after the ULB elections.
Ms. Karandlaje said the KJP would not have pre-poll alliance with BJP or any other party. MLA Vithal Katakadonda and leader B.H. Mahabari were present.