Karnataka

Demand for reinstatement closed chapter: Yeddyurappa

Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. File photo

Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. File photo  

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Here on a mission of show of strength, former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Sunday made it clear that he would not ask the BJP high command for Chief Ministership and that he would not campaign for the March 18 Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha bypoll in the wake of the attack on him by chief minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

“Though I had decided to campaign for the party candidate, I have decided against it in the wake of Gowda saying I have eight pending cases against me. In these circumstances my presence will have adverse impact on the outcome of poll result,” he told reporters here sarcastically while referring to Gowda and state BJP president K S Eshwarappa, who have been attacking him.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, who is in Hubli in connection with his 69th birthday celebrations being organised by his supporters, said his demand for his reinstatement as chief minister was a closed chapter and he did not want state party presidentship.

“It is true that I had asked for reinstatement as the chief minister for I desired to present Rs 1 lakh crore budget. Now I don’t want anything. That is a closed chapter,” said Mr. Yeddyurappa, who had earlier expressed hope that the party central leadership would do justice to him after the high court order striking down a chapter in Lokayukta report on illegal mining which indicted him leading to his exit as chief minister last year.

Reacting to the high court order, Mr. Gowda had said eight other cases were pending against Mr. Yeddyurappa, indicating he would not make way for reinstatement of his predecessor.

Mr. Yeddyurappa also said tersely that Mr. Gowda and Mr. Eshwarappa were capable leaders who could help the party win the by-election.

“I don’t want to be an obstacle in Mr. Gowda and Mr. Eshwarappa’s endeavours to help party candidate win the by poll,” he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said he would not demand anything from the central leadership. “Eshwarappa has already stated that the central leadership will not meet my demands even if my supporters fly to Delhi,” he said.

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Printable version | Dec 16, 2019 12:43:28 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/demand-for-reinstatement-closed-chapter-yeddyurappa/article2984728.ece

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